The Oyo State Commissioner of Police Sina Olukolu has urged residents of the state on the need to be cautious in the indiscriminate construction of unmanned security gates in communities and streets.
CP Sina Olukolu in a release made available to journalists through the Police Public Relation Officer in the state, Gbenga Fadeyi said the practice though appears to be a response to a security need in the cause of a communal review of the security architecture of their environment but a professional review of the situation has shown that the strategy does not achieve much as criminals have continued to breach the constructed gates which are now more or less a monument of no value.
“Recent experience of the Police in response to distress calls have been frustrating and delayed the ability of the response teams to arrive promptly at the scene of incident i.e. Armed Robbery, Burglary, Attempted Armed Robbery etc.
“The Commissioner of Police therefore wishes to admonish/advise all and sundry to be circumspect in the construction and installation of unmanned security gates in their environment. In as much as it is agreed that we have the right to protect our lives and properties, it is professionally advisable that while we lock our doors and gates against intruders, we should be mindful of other exigencies/emergencies that may require our prompt and quick escape in case of any emergency.
“Hence the keys to our padlocks should be readily available. This same analogy applies to security gates that are constructed to purportedly secure our environment. If there is need at all to install security gates, we must endeavour to make them accessible to security agencies, particularly the Police who may be responding to distress calls or other emergencies like fire or other life threatening health issues.”
Also the Police Boss advised members of the public to be wary of suspicious commercial motorcycle operators who may want to deploy their means of transportation as an easy means of abducting their innocent victims.
He said this applies particularly to parents, guardians and the aged whom often put in care of motorcycle operators they know nothing about their background and character, thus placing so much trust on them to convey underage children to school or other places.
“It must be noted that in view of the security challenges, the criminally minded individuals in our midst are obviously deploying all kinds of strategy, tactics and means to carry out their nefarious activities.”
The statement added that nonetheless, the Police will not relent in its efforts to protect the lives and properties of the citizenry and ensure that they operate and carry out their lawful businesses in a safe and secured environment.