Crimes rose by 2% last year: Cops

But se­ri­ous crimes such as at­tempt to mur­der, rape and mo­lesta­tion have in­creased from the 2014 fig­ures

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

CBD BE­LA­PUR: Navi Mum­bai has one of the high­est con­vic­tion rates in the state, there has been just a 2% rise in crime last year, while de­tec­tion is at its high­est ever- so said the Navi Mum­bai po­lice in their an­nual crime re­port for the year 2015.

Scru­ti­nise the sta­tis­tics, how­ever, and the pic­ture does not look so rosy. While crimes like chain snatch­ing, thefts and ve­hi­cle thefts have de­clined, se­ri­ous crimes such as at­tempt to mur­der, rape and mo­lesta­tion in­creased sharply last year. The po­lice claim there were more com­plaints in th­ese cat­e­gories be­cause of greater aware­ness among women.

Navi Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sion­er­ate on Thurs­day re­leased fig­ures which show that 5,405 crim­i­nal cases were reg­is­tered in the city as against 5,288 in 2014. The de­tec­tion rate has re­mained the same at 67%. Last year 3,561 cases were de­tected; the fig­ure for this year is 3,620 cases.

Chain-snatch­ing, which seemed to be get­ting out of hand, has been cur­tailed dras­ti­cally. 196 chain snatch­ing in­ci­dents have been reg­is­tered in 2015 as against 297 in the pre­vi­ous year.

Mo­tor ve­hi­cle thefts de­clined594 ve­hi­cles were re­ported stolen as against 654 ve­hi­cles in 2014. In 2015, 114 four-wheel­ers were re­ported stolen as against 176 in the pre­vi­ous year. Theft of heavy ve­hi­cles, too, de­clined from 87 to 69. In the case of two-wheel­ers the fig­ure for theft stood at 411 as against 391, show­ing a slight in­crease.

Over­all, rob­beries in houses have in­creased from 549 in 2014 to 609 in 2015, and daylight house break-ins have in­creased slightly to 193 from 186 in 2014. There is an in­crease in night break-ins, with 416 cases be­ing re­ported as against 363 in 2014.

While mur­der cases have dropped from 51 to 48, at­tempt to mur­der cases have in­creased from 23 in 2014 to 27 in 2015. Cul­pa­ble homi­cide not amount­ing to mur­der has re­mained con­stant at 2. Rape cases have in­creased from 90 in 2014 to 104 in 2015.

Da­coity cases have re­mained con­stant, with 17 cases be­ing re­ported in ei­ther year; at­tempt at da­coity cases have re­duced from 13 to 6.

The de­tec­tion rate in case of mur­ders in 2014, that is, 96% (for 49 cases) has re­mained at 96% (for 46 cases) in 2015. All at­tempted mur­der cases (27) were solved last year, which is sim­i­lar to the fig­ure (for 23 cases) in 2014. All but 1 rape case out of 104 cases have been solved in 2015.

The de­tec­tion rate for da­coity (17 cases) and prepa­ra­tion for da­coity (6 cases) also stood at 100% last year.

The po­lice have man­aged to re­duce chain snatch­ing in­ci­dents; but the de­tec­tion rate for such cases has also gone down to 57% (for 112 cases) as against 60% (for 177 cases) in 2014.

As for ac­ci­dents, 367 deaths were re­ported as caused by rash and neg­li­gent driv­ing, as against 364 deaths in 2014. 604 ac­ci­dents were re­ported in 2015, as against 516 in 2014.

It was the opin­ion of Navi Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan that the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion in the city is un­der con­trol and the 2% rise in crime is nat­u­ral. He said his force faces three main chal­lenges in the year ahead, namely, house break­ing thefts (HBT), crimes against women, and ris­ing cases of ac­ci­dents.

Speak­ing at the an­nual press con­fer­ence held at the po­lice com­mis­sion­er­ate of­fice in CBD Be­la­pur on Thurs­day, Ran­jan said, “The to­tal cases reg­is­tered in the year 2015 have in­creased by 177 as com­pared to 2014, which is a 2% rise. This is a nat­u­ral and healthy in­crease in view of the rise in pop­u­la­tion in the city and sev­eral other fac­tors.” Ran­jan said, “In fact, if the crime rate had re­duced, it would mean that the cases are not be­ing reg­is­tered at the po­lice sta­tions.”


Po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan (sec­ond from right) at the press con­fer­ence.

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