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Updated: December 29, 2013 00:45 IST

Four-fold increase in cyber crimes

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As many as 162 cases registered this year compared to 47 last year, says Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma

Cyber crimes like stalking SMSs, emails and offensive calls along with debit and credit card frauds registered a considerable rise in the city, with as many as 162 cases this year when compared to 47 last year, said City Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma.

Talking to media persons during the annual press conference here on Saturday, he also stated that gangs cheating unemployed youth by promising them jobs were also reported.

In all, the city police had registered 18,013 cases in 2013 as against 18,744 in 2012 and 18,327 in 2011.

Mr. Sharma claimed that despite staff crunch, the police had managed to maintain law and order strictly.

“Even after continuously engaged in bandobust duties during festivals, public meetings organised by political parties and other demonstrations from January last, we ensured peaceful atmosphere in the city,” he said, adding that not a single communal incident occurred this year.

Offences such as murder for gain, murder, chain snatching, kidnap and rape have also gone up whereas dacoity, burglaries and vehicle thefts had shown a downward curve.

“We achieved success in controlling property offences by nabbing several gangs from Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra and West Bengal. We raided remote areas and crime-prone villages in different States despite heavy odds and caught the gang members,” he explained.

During crackdown against drugs and psychotropic substances, the police had booked 40 cases and arrested 84 persons, including three foreigners. Referring to traffic related issues, he said the traffic command and control centre at the Police Commissioner’s office in Basheerbagh is likely to be commissioned by January 15.

“It is functioning successfully on a trial basis,” he said.

The Commissioner said a slew of measures taken up to ensure hassle-free drive to motorists with special emphasis on checking drink drivers had ensured that fatalities in road accidents come down to 426 cases this year when compared to 432 last year.

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