Mumbai's east region, which spans from Chembur to Mulund, reported an increase in crime rate compared to the corresponding year.
The total number of cases increased from 6,494 in 2013 to 6,899 last year. While the region saw an increase in robbery, extortion, thefts, and rioting, there was a dip in chain-snatchings, murder, attempt to commit murder and vehicle thefts.
According to police statistics, 93 cases of riots were reported in 2014 compared to 76 in the previous year. However, the number of thefts went up to 1,027 from 995 and extortion increased from 47 to 58.
Murder cases decreased from 49 in 2013 to 40 and vehicle thefts decreased from 771 to 571.
Burglaries, both during the day and night, increased in the region. The cases increased to 603 from 530 in 2013.
“The Mumbai police needs to co-ordinate with slums and mohalla committees to keep a database of residents so that anti-social elements are eliminated from slum pockets,” said Mulund resident Jayesh Mirani, president of All Maharashtra Human Rights Welfare Association. “The walking parade initiated by the police, where policemen patrol streets on foot, has helped,” said Mirani.
According to the police, most offenders escape from the Eastern Express Highway (EEH), which has become a major cause for concern. “An assessment of the east region revealed that the EEH can be reached within minutes from areas such as Mulund, Bhandup, Vikhroli, Ghatkopar amongst others. Hence, chai-snatchers and robbers can escape easily,” said a police officer from the region.
The officer said they were currently focusing on checking motorists and bikers to ensure that vehicle thefts are detected. “We are also trying to bring down street crimes,” the officer said.