2009 turned out to be a safer year for Mumbaiites than 2008 with crimes against women, house break-ins, economic and petty offences showing a decline.
According to the annual crime statistics of Mumbai police, except for a marginal increase in serious crimes such as murder and motor vehicle theft, crime rates were down as compared to the previous year. Detection rates, especially in murder cases, also went up.
In 2009, there was more police patrolling, stringent monitoring of gangs and better communication equipment – such as closed circuit cameras, that helped reduce crimes.
Disbanding of special squads to check motor vehicle thefts allowed a higher incidence of the crime, clearly indicating the role of dedicated teams in keeping crime rates under control.