Dhaka city has worn a deserted look as most of its residents have left for their village home while the remaining others are confined to homes amid the fear of coronavirus outbreak.
So, the possibilities of theft and other such crimes in residential buildings and commercial establishments are now greater than in any other times.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has taken extra measures to ensure safety and security in the capital. The detective branch members are working relentlessly to curb robbery and theft, said DMP high officials.
DMP sources said the DMP headquarters has ordered all police stations to take extra security measures.
Officer-in-charges (OC) of the police stations have already discussed the issue with leaders of shop owners' associations.
Police proposed them to appoint personal security guards and also sought a list of the security guards so that they can keep them under surveillance to prevent any crime.
Police members and security guards will work collectively to prevent any unwanted situations.
DMP headquarters has also issued order to enhance mobile and bike petrol teams and check posts to ensure security across the capital.
Earlier, there were six to seven check posts under a police station area, and now the number has been increased to 13.
Mahbubur Rahman, joint commissioner of the DMP detective branch told The Business Standard that ordinary crimes have reduced in the wake of the coronavirus.
He said they have increased security and surveillance for the city dwellers.
Several teams of the detective branch are working in plain cloths, he added.
Shahin Fokir, OC of Bongshal police station said they have increased the number of check posts alongside conducting awareness campaigns.
"Police are busy for three types of works - raising awareness among people, ensuring home quarantine of people and lastly preventing thetheft and robbery," he added.