2010 was an unsafe year for Delhiites. Women were abducted and raped, businessmen were robbed and shot, and snatchers left many people scarred for life. The Capital witnessed the biggest spurt in crime in the last three years.
Snatching and vehicle thefts showed the sharpest increase. Vehicle theft cases accounted for 29% of the total cases.
There were 1,596 cases of snatching in the Capital last year as against 1,289 in 2009 while the vehicle theft cases rose to 13,794 cases in 2010 as against 11,892 in 2009.
The rise in crime, prompted police to redraw its strategy for 2011, which included identification of crime-prone zones and re-deployment of resources.
The number of crimes reported in the capital rose to 52,675 in 2010 from 50,972 in 2009, riding on an increase in cases of rape, molestation, robbery, snatching, motor vehicle thefts and kidnapping.
Delhi Police tried its level best to play down the figures by saying crime had gone down “per lakh of population”.
Delhi police commissioner B K Gupta said crime per lakh population was lowest in the last 10 years. In 2001, the crime per lakh population was 392.66, while in 2010 it was 275.66.
“Crime is more or less at the same level in the city. Technically one can say that there is an increase. Crime per lakh calculation gives the correct assessment of crime rate in a city and everybody does that,” he said.