You have few reasons to feel safe in Delhi this year. Delhi Police has often stressed that the security of the common man will also be of prime importance when the city hosts the Commonwealth Games this October. However, data for the first six months in the year show that crime is at an all-time high in the city in the past six years.
Despite making tall claims Delhi Police has not been able to curb or even make a dent in stopping street crimes like robbery and snatching — a clear sign of lawlessness in the city. Till June 30 this year, 318 cases of robbery were registered in the city, the highest in six years.
Snatching also saw an increase with 857 cases being registered, the highest in the given period too.
On August 10, a mobile shop dealer was tailed from Madhu Vihar in east Delhi, waylaid and then robbed of R32,000 and four mobile phones by two bike-borne robbers at gunpoint at a busy crossing in Dwarka, the police said.
On August 17, a 47-year-old woman was badly thrashed when she resisted two bike-borne snatchers who snatched her chain at a busy market in Shakarpur area of east Delhi. The woman identified as Sangeeta was attacked with an iron rod on her forehead while the assailants fled away.
Although these are figures from official police records, there are many cases that go unreported.
Police claim there has been a surge in crime as they have started registering cases even in robbery cases where cash below R10,000 is involved.
"Population has increased and the new force we have been sanctioned needs time to be deployed. Crime numerically may have increased but total crime per lakh of population is lowest in ten years. Minor robberies involving R10,000 is on an increase but major robberies are on a decline," Rajan Bhagat, Delhi Police spokesperson, said. He added that 90 per cent of the cases are also worked out and in 90 per cent cases first timers or juveniles are involved. Police say there has been a surge in snatching cases as most of them involve mobile phones which were a rarity five years ago.
"Most of the snatching cases involve low-cost mobile phones. These instruments were not very common five years ago," the officer said.