Vijayawada

Despite efforts, cybercrime on the rise in State

R.P. Thakur

R.P. Thakur   | Photo Credit: C.V.Subrahmanyam

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Despite efforts of the police to check cybercrime in the State, there was a rise in cyber and economic offences and women harassment cases in 2018.

According to the police, 942 economic offences were reported in 2018 as against 729 in 2017, pointing to a 29.22% rise in the number of cases. Economic offences worth ₹185.12 crore were committed in the State.

As regards cybercrimes, 1,439 cases were registered this year and 1,145 in 2017, a 25.67% increase. As many as 467 one time password (OTP) fraud cases were reported in 2018. In 2017, 538 such cases were reported.

Releasing the annual crime data at a press conference at the A.P. Police Headquarters on Friday, Director General of Police (DGP) R.P. Thakur said number of cases in the State in 2018 decreased by 3.49%. While 1.19 lakh cases were registered this year, 1.23 lakh cases were registered in 2017.

Crime against women decreased by 4.23%, with lesser number of dowry and deaths and abetment to suicide cases.

Spike in harassment cases

However, there was a rise in rape and harassment cases. The police registered 609 cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and 323 persons, including three minors, were rescued in trafficking cases. In all, 637 traffickers were arrested across the State, the DGP said.

Stating that extremist activities were checked in the State, Mr. Thakur said while the police apprehended 77 Naxalites, 97 surrendered in 2018. Extremists committed 12 offences, including the killing of Araku MLA Kidari Sarveswara Rao and former MLA Siveri Soma in October this year.

In all, 337 cases were registered against red sanders smugglers and 897 of them were arrested. The police seized 5,697 metric tonnes of red sanders and 244 vehicles and registered 23 Preventive Detention Act cases, he said.

Road accidents came down by 11.76%, with 18,181 accidents in 2018 as against 20,605 cases in 2017. In all, 6,766 persons died and 21,480 injured in accidents in 2018.

‘2019 a challenge’

The next year, an election year, was a challenge for the police, he said, adding that steps would be taken to round up criminals, execute pending arrest warrants and improve vigil on illegal possession of weapons.

Regarding police welfare, 16,198 personnel and their family members were provided treatment at a cose of ₹42.03 crore.

Government recruited 3,051 personnel and procured 1,630 vehicles this year, the DGP said.

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