Monday, 23 May, 2022
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For a safe mugging-free city

For a safe mugging-free city

Mugging in the streets, railway stations, bus and launch terminals of the capital has recently become too frequent for the comfort of city dwellers. Organised gangs of muggers roam the city in various guises, seeking victims. Commuters are falling prey to mugging in lonely lanes, by-lanes as well as at busy intersections and crossings at all hours. Based on victim complaints, the road from Khilkhet to the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport intersection is marked as the highest risk area where desperate muggers don't even hesitate to use killer weapons.

It is shameful that the public and the law enforcers often fail to come forward to help the victims or deter the criminals, so the perpetrators easily flee after committing the crime. As a result, perpetrators have become bolder over time, increasing the frequency of crime. In fact, criminals are now so emboldened that they even impersonate law enforcers for committing robbery and mugging. If law enforcement agencies continue to fail to catch the muggers, it will not only further embolden the criminals but also besmirch the reputation of the law enforcers whom they are now impersonating. Besides, the law and order situation will further deteriorate, defaming the name of Dhaka city not only in the country but also around the world, just as New York (NY) city was once defamed worldwide for having the highest crime rate. But the NY city administration later restored its good name by undertaking strict law enforcement.

As our law enforcement agencies are knowledgeable about the mugging prone areas, they could increase the number of duty policemen as well as CC cameras in those locations which will help reduce the frequency and intensity of crime in those places. Also, quick response to help victims and catch the criminals by on looking public and policemen are imperative. A holistic approach must also be considered to restore the good name of our beloved capital to free it from rampant mugging. Understanding and solving the underlying causes of the incidents by profiling muggers may help find the real cause instead of treating it as an isolated problem. Usually addicted or unemployed people turn towards mugging in desperation for money. So, the underlying causes of drugs and unemployment cannot be negated and must be addressed seriously to make Dhaka city secure from petty crimes and restoring its reputation.