Bengaluru: The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) ward office in Vasanth Nagar was burgled last week.
The burglars have stolen three computers and the hard drives attached to them, and also birth, death and electoral records, and details of trade licences. The stolen merchandise was worth Rs 1.75 lakh. But according to officials, the data in them is worth a lot more.
Senior health officer Renukamba at the Vasanth Nagar ward office told The News Minute, that Dr K Sunitha, a medical officer in the office filed a complaint with the High Grounds Police on December 17. She added that the burglary took place between the night of December 15 and the following Monday morning (December 17).
According to the complaint filed by Sunitha, she locked the doors of the Vasanth Nagar ward office at the end of day and all officials went home. On returning on Monday at 9.45 am, she realised that there has been a theft in the office.
Sunitha’s complaint states, “The cupboards were open and everything was on the floor. We (workers) noticed that the computers, keyboards and CPUs were missing.”
With no CCTV cameras and no security personnel for the building, police are finding it difficult to identify the culprits. The police also suspect that the burglars might not have stole the equipments to sell them, but to use the information it contains.
“It looks like they stole the hard drives for the information it contains. This can be used to generate fake birth certificates and forge trade licences. Election data was stolen and it has photos, names and addresses of people in the ward. This can be used to make money in may ways. They can create fake IDs, use the addresses to plan burglaries and so on. We have stepped up patrolling in the area,” a police official said.
The police are accessing the CCTV cameras of the surrounding areas to identify the culprits.