BANGALORE: Apparently concerned over the rising crime graph and increasing road congestion in the city, chief minister Siddaramaiah on Monday gave a piece of his mind to city police and asked them to buck up in 2014.
“Police should focus more on preventing crime than spending more time on catching criminals. They should target would-be offenders and potential crime hotspots to keep people safe,” the CM said after inaugurating the Bangalore City Traffic Police Management Centre (BCTPMC) here.
Citing the recent attack on a woman in an ATM kiosk, Siddaramaiah said the incident could have been prevented if police had taken measures to ensure security at ATMs in the city.
Another challenge before Bangalore police, the CM said, is to provide protection for home alone women who are being targeted by criminals these days. “Society is no longer in a mood to listen to explanations regarding severe shortage of manpower and other resources. All people want is security and safety,” he added.
Siddaramaiah also urged traffic police to pull up their socks to ensure smooth traffic. “It’s not enough to build state-of-the-art buildings and equip them with hi-tech gadgets. All such things should eventually help people,” he said.
Siddaramaiah said the Congress government is ready to extend support to Bangalore traffic police by focusing on improving road conditions. “We have to set right the wrongs committed by previous governments and are taking up a series of projects in the coming months to fill potholes, widen roads and construct footpaths,” he added.
He said the government will also take steps to fill 10,000-odd vacancies in the police department to improve the police-people ratio.