To tackle the women pickpocketers at Delhi Metro Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) formed an anti-theft squad.CISF shows that there has been a threefold increase in the number of pickpocketing incidents this year as compared to the same period in 2016. The sharp increase prompted CISF to not only launch a special drive last month, but it also formed a special anti-theft squad to apprehend pickpockets.
CISF data shows that of 521 pickpockets apprehended this year between January and May, 401 (77%) were women. Moreover, 148 pickpockets were nabbed with the help of alert passengers.
The anti-theft squad will consist one sub-officer and a constable and keep an eye on the movement of suspicious individuals through electronic and manual surveillance. They will be assisted by a squad on the ground to apprehend pickpockets. The teams will be in plain clothes to blend in the crowd and nab suspicious individuals.
'The squad will conduct regular drives on different lines. Most pickpocketing incidents have been taking place at major interchange stations like Rajiv Chowk, Kashmere Gate, and Central Secretariat,' said a senior CISF officer.'We urge people to inform and report a pickpocketing incident immediately as these teams can then assist you,' added an officer.