Devotees and residents of pilgrim city are in the grip of fear with two murders taking place in a week and series of thefts and chain snatching incidents. The two murders were committed in densely populated areas in the temple city. A woman said they are unable to go out for walking early in the morning. Another resident said that police have failed to maintain law and order in Tirupati. But, a police official said that crime rate has come down compare to past few months.