The crime graph in the national capital seems to be on a decline this year compared to last year but cases of murder and motor-vehicle theft are on the rise in the city.
There has been a drop of about 6,450 criminal cases till November this year compared to the same period last year, according to statistics provided by the Delhi Police.
While there were 50,981 criminal cases till November last year, the city police registered 44,419 cases in the corresponding period. In 2007, a total of 56,065 cases were registered.
"The crime rate has recorded a 12.78 per cent decline this year if you compare it with the figures of 2008," a senior police official said.
Many of the crime heads, including rape and molestation, showed a drop in figures but cases of murder, motor-vehicle theft, snatching and causing hurt recorded an upward trend.
According to the statistics, 2008 witnessed 505 cases of murder till November as against 453 cases in the corresponding period last year. A total of 495 murder cases were registered in 2007.
Delhi continued to retain its dubious distinction of being the 'capital' of motor-vehicle thefts, registering 9,560 such cases this year.
This is a quantum jump of 1,817 cases till November compared to the corresponding period last year.
The figures provided by National Crime Records Bureau also suggest that the rate of motor-vehicle thefts in the national capital is very high.