Two days before the second anniversary of the 26/11 terror attacks, Mumbai’s crime statistics — sourced and released by the Praja Foundation, a non-governmental organisation — revealed that the incidence of serious crimes such as murder rose over the past two years.
The data, acquired from the police through a Right To Information (RTI) query, was for the period April 2008-April 2010.
The data showed that South Mumbai topped the list when it came to murder. The area had 43 murders in 2008-09 and 47 in 2009-10.
Except for North Central Mumbai — which includes areas such as Vile Parle, Chandivli, Kurla, Bandra and Kalina — there was an increase in the number murders across all localities.
The most significant rise in murders was recorded in North East Mumbai — which includes areas such as Mulund, Vikhroli, Bhandup, Ghatkopar, Shivaji Nagar — from 28 in 2008-09 to 36 in 2009-10.
On an average, 19 murders are registered in the city every month.
The number of rape cases fell over the past two years across the city, except in North West Mumbai — Goregaon, Andheri and Jogeshwari — where 27 cases were registered in 2008-09 and 32 in 2009-10.
The number of molestation cases, however, increased.
An increase was also seen in offences such as chain snatchings, break-ins and vehicle theft.
“We revealed the data two days before the 26/11 anniversary to increase awareness and make the authorities realise that crime in Mumbai is steadily rising.
“They should act before it is too late,” said Nitai Mehta, founder-trustee of Praja.
The data also revealed that the city police force is short-staffed by 50%. South Mumbai has a shortage of 403 personnel, followed by North Mumbai with 249.
Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal did not deny that the crime rate was rising. “I will not say that crime is going down. It is very easy for me to instruct my men not to register cases, but our duty is to detect crime and we have been doing that successfully,” he said.