If you thought Delhi was India’s crime capital, the latest statistics released by Delhi Police only reinforces your belief.
For the third consecutive year, the National Capital’s crime graph — mainly heinous and non-heinous crimes — continued to climb higher.
Heinous crimes — dacoity, murder, kidnapping for ransom and rape — saw an increase of 3.93 %. Non-heinous crimes such as theft, abduction and molestation rose by 4.02%.Delhi Police Commissioner BK Gupta tried to play down the numbers. "The perception of the police and crime is what matters – we can’t really go by numbers and figures," Gupta said.
“…the amount of work put in by the police force is what matters since the goal is to make citizens feel safer and not about numbers,” Gupta said at the Annual Delhi Police Press Conference on Friday.
He said if one goes by the rise in population, the crime rate per lakh population is normal. In 2010, the crime ratio was 313.06 cases per lakh population, which rose to 318.47 per lakh last year.
Smaller offences such as snatching and motor vehicle thefts, however, saw a dip. Snatching cases dropped from 1671 in 2010 to just 1476 in 2011. Motor vehicle thefts dropped from 14,966 to 14,668 cases. But rape cases went up to 568 from 507 the year before.
Gupta attributed the decline in street crime to measures such as identifying crime hot spots and cracking down on criminals by deploying 155 emergency response vehicles.
“Snatching incidents came down by 11.67% in 2011. In the year 2010, 1,592 snatchers were arrested and in 2011 the number went up to 1,770.
Likewise, the number of arrested auto lifters went up to 3,988 against 3,258 in 2010,” he said, adding this was for the first time in three years that the number of motor vehicle thefts had gone down.
Action was taken against over 10,800 police officers– ranging from dismissal to seeking explanation on charges of corruption and dereliction of duty. This was nearly a 10-fold jump from 2010.The commissioner advocated a steep hike in fines for traffic violations – citing the ‘heavy fine amount’ during the Commonwealth Games as a worthy deterrent.