Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissioner K. Ramachandra Rao on Thursday said that the crime rate in the twin cities came down by 17 per cent in 2011, compared to the previous two years.
Addressing presspersons here along with deputy commissioners of police S.M. Pratapan and P.R. Batagurki, Mr. Rao said that in 2011, the department registered an 18 per cent increase in the recovery of stolen articles, compared to the previous year.
He said that while 48 per cent of the cases of theft and burglary were solved in 2010, 66 per cent were solved in 2011.
When presspersons pointed out that that the rate of recovery in 2009 was 67 per cent, the Police Commissioner clarified that the quantum of stolen articles recovered in 2011 was more in comparison.
Mr. Rao attributed the 30 per cent drop in the number of accidents reported in the twin cities in 2011 to awareness campaigns and strict implementation of traffic rules.
He said the department had taken up drives to penalise those violating traffic rules, as a result of which 2,38,271 cases were registered in 2011 and penalty of Rs. 3.4 crore was collected from motorists.
Mr. Rao said the department had looked into long-pending cases and with the special efforts put in by the Hubli-Dharwad police officers and personnel, as many as 99 such cases had been solved. This year, they planned to solve another 100.
The Police Commissioner said there was an increase in the number of missing persons cases in 2011. While 187 cases were reported in 2010, the number had gone up to 203 in 2011. Of them, 162 cases were solved in 2010 and 161 in 2011.
A special squad had been set up to investigate the cases of missing persons this year, he said.
The commissionerate had set a target of bringing down road accidents and theft cases by 10 per cent this year. For this purpose, more awareness programmes would be held, apart from strengthening patrolling, Mr. Rao added.
‘30 per cent drop in accidents reported in 2011' Special squad to investigate cases of missing persons
‘30 per cent drop in accidents reported in 2011'
Special squad to investigate cases of missing persons