A survey has revealed that 32% Mumbaiites do not feel safe in the city, while 37% feel insecure while travelling in Mumbai. Praja Foundation, a NGO that conducted the survey, spoke to 22,580 people — around 100 each from the 227 BMC-demarcated wards. They released a white paper on “state of policing and law and order in Mumbai” on Tuesday.
The white paper states that Mumbaiites living in North Mumbai – Malad (West), Borivali and Dahisar – felt unsafe the most in the city. With 487 incidents of chain snatching reported between April 2013 and March 2014 in North Mumbai, 44% residents said they felt insecure living in the area.
The North Central Mumbai ward, which comprises Vile Parle, Kurla and Bandra, witnessed maximum number of criminal cases being registered during the same period – 737 cases of house break in, 1,598 of theft and 819 of vehicle theft registered.
“Crime has flourished in the state’s capital, and we must question why there has been a sharp rise. Despite a police force that is honour bound to protect citizens, a third of the city’s population feels unsafe in its own home,” said Nitai Mehta, founder of the NGO.