With street crime, especially snatching and motor vehicle theft, relatively down compared to 2010, the year 2011 truly belonged to the faceless white-collar criminals.
“In all, around 20 organised white-collar rackets were busted last year and cash and valuables, amounting to R4.5 crore, thousands of mobile phones used in the commission of criminal activity and three dozen vehicles were recovered,” said a senior police officer.
The list includes perpetrators of lottery fraud, fake recruitment racketeers, ATM fraudsters, travel agents, property dealers, agents promising fake court affidavits and death certificates as well as both men and women operating fake friendship clubs.
Meanwhile, the Economic Offences Wing (EoW) of the Delhi Police arrested more than 163 criminals in 1,358 cases ranging from those of land grabbing to fake job rackets and attached property valued at amounts estimated to be between Rs 350 to Rs 500 crore.
“This year, we focussed more on individual cases as opposed to those in which several persons were victimised. We got more manpower,” said Vivek Gogia, joint CP (EoW).