The crime scene in Delhi has brightened during the first six months of this year, with both the overall and the heinous crime rates decreasing.
The Delhi Police released half-yearly crime figures on Saturday that showed 271 murders registered this year against 278 in the corresponding six months last year, while the number of rape cases came down from 289 to 258.
The crime per lakh population also decreased from last year’s 313.6 to 311.23. But car lifting is still a problem, as 7,340 cases were reported this year against last year’s 6,868.
Claiming that his initiatives to tackle crime had helped reduce the number of incidents, police commissioner BK Gupta said the overall crime rate also dipped.
The police, however, have a fairly long list of high-profile unsolved cases, such as the Shobhit Modi murder, the low-intensity blast outside the high court and the murder of Neetu Solanki, whose boyfriend Raju Gehlot, an employee of a private airline, was suspected of murdering her before dumping the body in a bag at the New Delhi railway station.
But the police’s focus, according to Gupta, “was on street crimes and we reactivated the crime branch and the special cell. We have put our best investigators in these two units. The objective is to neutralise the city’s criminal gangs”.
Gupta said initiatives like emergency response vehicles, setting model police stations in 11 districts, cracking down on proclaimed offenders helped a lot.
“We have traced 350 absent bad characters this year against 50 last year while 358 new history-sheets were opened against 68 last year.” He said, “We have set a target of arresting 4,000 proclaimed offenders this year. This will definitely help reduce crime further.”
The police also registered a three-fold increase in narcotics seizure this year, with 106 cases being registered and 148 arrests made last year against 440 and 511, respectively, this year.