If you thought you and your belongings are safe during the day then you are wrong.
A detailed analysis conducted by the Delhi Police revealed that most snatchings took place between 12 noon and 4 pm, when you expect to be most safe. And the audit revealed that markets such as Sarojini Nagar, Kamla Nagar and Rohini are in the top 20 snatching prone areas in the city.
Against the 394 cases of snatchings in 2012 (from January 1 to April 30), 684 cases of snatchings have been registered during the same period this year, an increase of 73%. Snatching is considered the most serious street crime and a true representation of law and order situation of any city.
A source revealed that of the 684 cases so far this year, 38% took place between noon and 4pm while 30% took place in the next four hours i.e. from 4pm to 8pm. And gold chains and mangal sutras are their favourite — 303 cases (46.76%) — followed by mobile phone, as in 132 cases (20.37%).
“This is the time when most people are out. We have identified vulnerable points and have increased police presence there,” a senior police officer, requesting anonymity, said.
Similarly, a study on the mode of transport used by the accused revealed that 67% criminals used bike while 28% were on foot. “A two-wheeler is no doubt a favourite vehicle for snatchers and in 435 cases (67%) a bike was used,” the official added.
So far the Delhi Police have arrested 522 persons for snatchings and almost 50% were in the 25-35 age group. “Of the 522 persons arrested, 251 (48%) are of 25-25 age group, 217 (42%) are of 18-25 age group and 6% of them (31) were minors,” the official added.
Some other areas that feature in the list of top 20 snatching prone zone are —Prashant Vihar, KN Katju Marg, Rohini, Narela and Vijay Vihar.
Last year, Delhi police had solved 71% of the snatching cases and arrested 1,533 people — 86% were first time offenders and 57% were either illiterate or school drop-outs.