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Fact Check: A fake message warning about increased crime rates post lock down viral on social media

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A fake message in the name of Mumbai and Bangalore police is going viral on Facebook and WhatsApp warning people to be cautious after lockdown claiming that "lockdown has increased unemployment which will result in increased crime rates."

Recently, a message has surfaced on Facebook and WhatsApp in the name of Bengaluru and Mumbai Police Commissioners, warning people that there will be huge unemployment after the end of the nationwide lockout, due to which crimes like theft, looting, and kidnapping will increase. There is a possibility of a sudden increase in such crimes. This message warns people to be careful about their belongings such as mobile phones, jewelry, and suggesting to ask children and elders to take extra precautions. The message reads:

Message from top cop of Bangalore which every one should read, I feel.

All of us whether in Cities or Towns, have to be aware of the situation.
From May 3rd if the lockdown is lifted partially/ fully.

We need to be responsible citizens in following traffic rules and be proactive in protecting ourselves and our belongings.

As many out there, did not have much earnings all these days so there might be a sudden spurt in incidents due to job loss / effect on business.

1. People have to be very careful this includes people at home, children, school and college going boys/girls, working women/men.
2. Do not wear costly watches.
3. Do not wear costly chains, bangles, ear rings be careful with your hand bags.
4. Men refrain wearing high end watches, costly bracelets and chains.
5. Do not use much of your mobile phones in the public. Try to minimise mobile use in public.
6. Do not entertain giving lift ride to any strangers.
7. Do not carry more than necessary money.
8. Keep your credit and debit cards safe while you are on the move.
9. Keep calling home every now and then to check upon your elders, wife and children's welfare.
10. Instruct elders and people at home while attending a door bell keep a safe distance from the main door, if possible keep the grill gates locked not to go close to the grill to receive any parcels or letters.
11. Instruct children to return home early as much as possible.
12. Don't take any secluded or short cuts roads to reach home, try and use maximum Main roads.
13. Youngsters when you are out keep an eye on your surroundings.
14. Always have an emergency number at hand.
15. Keep a safe distance from people.
16. *Public mostly will be wearing mask*. Identification will be difficuilt.
17. Those who use cab services please share your trip details with you parents, siblings, relatives, friends or guardians.
18. Try and use Govt public transport system.
19. Avoid crowded buses.
20. While going for your daily walk try and go around 6

A Facebook user shared the message attributing it to the message to the Bangalore police.

The message attributed to the Mumbai Police and Bangalore Police went viral on Facebook and WhatsApp.

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false. 

With the help of relevant keyword searches, we found a tweet by Bangalore police in which they have clarified that no such message has been issued by them. 

Replying to a screenshot of this message, Bangalore police said, "This is not sent by our Police Commissioner sir @CPBlr (IPS of Bangalore, Bhaskar Rao)."

Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) of Mumbai, Sandeep Karnik also clarified that this message was not issued by Mumbai Police or Mumbai Commissioner. This message is fake. Whenever Mumbai Police issues a notification, it is always issued officially and in writing, citizens are requested not to believe in these fake messages, in a Fact Crescendo report. 

In conclusion, a fake message in the name of Mumbai and Bangalore police is going viral on Facebook and WhatsApp warning people to be cautious after lockdown claiming that "lockdown has increased unemployment which will result in increased crime rates."

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