The barbaric gang rape of a young woman apart, the year 2012 will be remembered for the city's biggest armed multi-crore heist in Defence Colony. Both incidents prompted the police to take several measures to curb heinous crimes.
But despite launching drives to tighten the noose on criminals, many of whom killed police personnel on duty, cases of heinous crimes such as attempt to murder, rapes, robbery and rioting continued to spiral for the fourth consecutive year.
According to statistics, a total of 2,402 cases of heinous crimes were registered last year - a 10.64% increase over the previous year and the highest in the last 10 years. The last time Delhi saw such a big rise in heinous crimes was in 2003 - a 9% increase was recorded then.
Apart from henious crimes, the number of cases registered under the IPC rose by 1.75% in 2012 - 54,287 cases were registered in comparison to 53,353 cases in 2011. It was 51,292 in 2010. This was the fifth consecutive rise.
Though cases of dacoity and murder decreased last year, there was a big jump in cases of rape, robbery, attempt to murder and rioting.
Cases of robbery increased to 608 in 2012 from 562 in 2011. Apart from the Defence Colony heist, several other sensational robbery cases were reported in 2012.
Similarly, cases of attempt to murder also saw a rising trend, with 439 cases registered in 2012 against 386 cases in 2011.
Rioting cases saw a huge leap of 58% last year: 79 cases were registered in comparison to 50 in 2011. Four cases were registered during the recent protests.
Cases of kidnapping for ransom decreased to 21 last year against 25 in 2011. Other crimes that saw an increase were extortion, burglary, molestation of women and abduction.
Attributing the rise to the registration of cases, the Police Commissioner said, "People are feeling more empowered to approach the police."