Thieves, robbers and dacoits had a field day, all of 2012 across India.
They got away stealing more than Rs. 21,000 crore last year, thrice what they made just a year earlier, according to the latest report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB).
The situation was especially bad in Maharashtra where property worth nearly Rs. 14,500 crore was stolen or robbed, according to the Crime in India 2012 NCRB report.
Gujarat (Rs 1,504 crore) and Delhi (Rs 1,469 crore) came next.
Mumbai, not surprisingly, topped the list of metros, which lost the maximum assets (R8344.8 crore) to thieves.
The police could only recover a little more than Rs. 1,400 crore from the thieves, pulling down the national recovery average to 6.7% — an all time low.
Among the states, Goa, Maharashtra and Delhi had the worst recovery rates of 0.7%, 1.6% and 4%, respectively.
The best recovery rate was in Sikkim, where 67.5% of the amount was recovered. Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu had the second best recovery rates at 60.1%.
Among the major cities, Ludhiana had the best recovery rate of 108.2%.
The highest cases of property loss was reported for theft (3, 29,840 cases), although the highest value of property lost was in the criminal breach of trust cases (Rs 6382.1 crore).
The amount stolen in 2012 was almost 60% of the total amount of property stolen in the country in the last decade.
Hindustan Times had earlier reported in May that Indians had lost property worth more than Rs. 35,000 crore in the last decade