Have ar­rested crime rate, cops flash stats

It has gone down by 8% till May this year, UT po­lice claim a feat

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - IN & AROUND - Mon­ica Sharma mon­ica.sharma@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CHANDI­GARH: Con­trary to the per­cep­tion that the crime graph of non-heinous in­ci­dents across the city has gone up, but the data re­veals that the Chandi­garh po­lice have man­aged to ar­rest the crime rate which went down by 8% till May this year. The po­lice are de­scrib­ing it as a feat in it­self.

The data shows that ini­tia­tives and ef­forts put in by the Chandi­garh po­lice have shown re­sults. In­stead of in­creas­ing over the months, the graph of non-heinous crime has ac­tu­ally gone down. In all, 694 cases were reg­is­tered till May 15 this year as com­pared to 756 reg­is­tered in the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod last year.

The data also re­veals that the crime has gone down uni­formly in all the ar­eas of con­cern, be it theft or snatch­ing.

The Chandi­garh po­lice have man­aged to ap­ply brakes by con­tain­ing theft cases to 213 in the first half as com­pared to last year’s 221 cases.

An­other in­cred­i­ble rev­e­la­tion is the re­duc­tion in num­ber of snatch­ing cases in the first five months of 2012. The data re­veals that the num­ber is 10 less this year as com­pared to the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod of 2011. As many as 79 cases of snatch­ing were reg­is­tered last year and this year the num­ber is 68, but city res­i­dents still feel un­safe while don­ning gold jew­ellery and mov­ing out. In fact, ev­ery sec­ond day a snatch­ing in­ci­dent is re­ported in the city.

Quot­ing the data, the po­lice also claim re­duc­tion in the num­ber of bur­glary in­ci­dents. This year about 88 cases of bur­glary have been re­ported till now, as com­pared to 104 bur­glar­ies re­ported in the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod last year. An­other achieve­ment claimed by the Chandi­garh po­lice is the re­duc­tion in the cases of theft of mo­tor ve­hi­cles. The data re­veals that 323 ve­hi­cle thefts were re­ported till May last year while this year the num­ber is 298. UT SSP Nau­ni­hal Singh said, “The dip in crime is at­trib­uted to an in­crease in vigil, as the po­lice have adopted a greater proac­tive ap­proach this year. The pa­trolling has been in­creased and even the num­ber of checks car­ried out by the po­lice have gone up. Greater em­pha­sis be­ing laid on the beat sys­tem also proved ef­fec­tive.”

“The night pa­trolling on mo­tor­cy­cles by the cops also proved as a de­ter­rent for the mis­cre­ants,” a se­nior of­fi­cer said.

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