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In several cases, citizens are unwilling to disclose information on locally witnessed crime incidents in fear of reprisals at the hands of criminal elements. Sometimes there is information on very serious crime such as unauthorised weapons, narcotic drugs, explosives, contraband etc.

It may be remembered that Every Citizen is a policeman without uniform and every policeman is a citizen in uniform. Participation of members of public in police working is very important as is does not only help police but ultimately it helps to public only.

How people can help police
They can help police in two ways
a) In Investigation of crime b) In prevention of crime.

(a) In investigation people can pass on valuable information to police regarding
(i) Description of the accused/suspects
(ii) Number and description of the vehicle involved in the commission of crime and the direction in which it is speeding after the commission of crime.
(iii) Vehicle abandond in a public place for a long time
(iv) Weapons
(v) Explosives
(vi) Countrabands
(vii) Narcotic drugs, etc.

The members of public are also advised not to handle anything or disturb the scene of offence till the arrival of police which helps in collecting valuable piece of evidence against the offender.

In several countries abroad, there has been a crime_fighting programme known as CRIME STOPPERS to deal with crime while keeping the citizenry perfectly insulated. Of similar lines, Mumbai Police has started a crime resistance programme known as ALERT CITIZEN since May 8,1998.

Now, citizens can call a hotline number 2633333, and report and information in completed anonymity. The called gives a fictitious birth date number, which is used as a code for identification for follow_ups on the crime and for and rewards that the called may be eligible for.

All calls will be analysed by a Special Cell working under the DCD (Operation) and will be passed on to concerned police stations for further action.

Depending on the kind of response that this programme attracts, the operations may be turned over to citizen volunteers.

(b) In the prevention of crime also members of public can play a major role. Mere taking safety precautions in one's own interest amounts to a major contribution. The important tips for the members of public to be observed in their day to day life are given in the earlier paras.

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