Capital's crime rate registers a 4% jump in 2011

Delhi Police Commissioner B. K. Gupta flagging off new PCR vans on Friday.Photo: Shanker Chakravarty  

Incidents of crime registered an over four per cent increase with cases of kidnapping for ransom, attempted murder and rape recording a sharp rise in the Capital last year comparison with 2010. The Delhi Police have attributed the increase to a prompt and fair registration of cases.

As per police statistics, a total of 53,353 cases under the Indian Penal Code were registered during the year as against 51,292 cases reported in the previous year. There was a rise of 3.93 per cent in heinous crimes, from 2,085 to 2,167 cases. “The increase is primarily due to fair registration of cases. We are not much concerned about the data part, but real emphasis is on public perception regarding their safety,” said Police Commissioner B. K. Gupta at the annual conference here on Friday.

Cases of kidnapping for ransom increased from 18 to 25 and 386 attempted murders were reported last year compared to 311 in 2010. Rape cases also recorded an increase of 12 per cent, from 507 to 568. Molestation cases also increased from 601 to 653, 95 per cent of which were solved. “We have taken measures like issuing direction to BPOs and other companies to ensure safety of women employees and creating women help-desks at police stations.”

There was a sharp decline of 11.67 per cent in snatching cases, six per cent in robbery and over three per cent in murder cases last year.

About six per cent increase was registered in detection rates, eight per cent in IPC crimes. The police arrested 1,770 snatchers compared to 1,592 in 2010, but only 76 per cent cases could be solved. The police found that 86 per cent were first-time offenders. While 98 per cent of the rape cases were solved, the police found that people known to the victims were involved in almost 98 per cent cases. All but one case of kidnapping for ransom were solved and all the victims rescued.

“An analysis of motives in murder cases revealed that only 13 per cent were crime related. Fire arms were used in only 12 per cent cases, where as sharp-edged weapons were used in 37 cases,” he said, noting that 95 per cent of the murder accused had no previous criminal records.

Mr. Gupta expressed satisfaction over decline in vehicle thefts, from 14,966 to 14,668. In all, 20 per cent of the vehicles were recovered as against 13 per cent in 2010. “We arrested 3,988 auto-lifters compared to 3,258 in the previous year. There was 56 per cent increase in recovery of vehicles,” said

Mr. Gupta, adding that stolen property recovery recorded a whopping 50 per cent increase.

The Police Commissioner said another area of focus was safety of senior citizens and 4,431 new elderly persons had been registered last year, taking the number to 12,788.

Seven thousand more criminals were arrested last year. There was a significant jump of 172 per cent, from 1,597 to 4,347, in the arrest of proclaimed offenders. Habitual criminals were targeted, 510 absent bad characters were traced as against 128 and externment proceedings initiated against 1,035 as against 300 in 2010. New history sheets were opened in 623 cases compared to 68 the previous year. The police arrested 38 criminals under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act and initiated 13 new proposals under the law.

Stating that drug abuse was also linked to incidents of crime, Mr. Gupta said the police carried out more arrests and seizures. About five times more cases under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act were registered.

In order to check street crimes, the police also focussed on gunrunning gangs. While 1,190 people were arrested compared to 1008 and 562 firearms seized as against 461 in 2010.

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