Over speeding, chain snatchers are pet peeves of Besant Nagar residents

Speeding by bike riders near the beach, chain snatching and deserted stretches without police patrolling — safety has become a huge concern for the residents of Besant Nagar, especially senior citizens.
Two-wheelers zipping by near the beach, most often by drunk riders
Two-wheelers zipping by near the beach, most often by drunk riders

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Talking to DTNext, V Chandrasekhar, President, Senior Citizens Group Of Besant Nagar and Mylapore (SCGOBNM), said, “We have two-wheelers zipping by near the beach, most often they are drunk. They brush past pedestrians, sometimes, knocking them down. To top it, there are no pavements on 3rd Avenue that leads to the beach. You will see senior citizens and children in the middle of the road, trying to make their way among a stream of vehicles.” 
SCGOBNM had discussed the issue of safety in a recent meeting held for its members. Chandrasekhar added, “The police don’t seem to care; we have been taking up the issue of unruly traffic along the beach on a regular basis with the police.” 
While the crowd in the locality has been triggering an issue, the area turns deserted during nights, bringing with it a set of different issues. Vijayalakshmi C, a retired school teacher, pointed out that the risk of chain snatching has made many women like her feel insecure. 
“I am scared of anyone coming in the opposite direction in a vehicle. While there are crowds outside shops, some stretches get deserted. Take, for example, the road near the Sivan Temple in the locality, you will not find anyone in sight after dark. 
A regular patrol by police can make us feel safe and keep chain snatchers at bay.” She added that the fear is so much that most women in the locality remove their mangalsutra or thaali and jewellery before stepping out. 
“But does a robber know whether a particular woman is wearing jewellery? They attack anyone,” she said. 
However, the police denied a spike in incidents in the area, maintaining that they have been vigilant round the clock. A police official attached to the Shastri Nagar Police Station, said they haven’t received any complaint on chain snatching in the last one month. 
“If people find any suspicious movement, they can always approach the police without hesitation. Patrolling activities are being held at crowded places regularly. We are on our toes,” said the source.

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