Crime rate in Navi Mumbai fell marginally in 2011 compared to the previous year. The detection rate went up, but so did the number of serious crimes like murder, rape, kidnapping and robbery. The police say their personnel strength is inadequate for the city’s size and population.
Navi Mumbai police commissioner Ahmad Javed presented the annual crime report of Navi Mumbai police on Friday at a press conference held at his office in CBD Belapur. The statistics show that 5,511 criminal cases were registered in the region last year, against 5,542 in 2010 (see box). The detection rate improved from 49% in 2010 when 2,716 cases were resolved, to 52.8% last year with the detection of 2,910 of the crimes reported.
A cause for worry, however, is the increase in cases of murder —70 last year, up from 56 in 2010. The number of rapes also went up, from 27 to 38. Instances of dacoity went up from from 9 to 15, while kidnapping cases rose to 32 from 23 in 2010. There were a large number of chain snatching incidents, too (172), which were registered under the robbery section for the first time.
The detection rate in case of murders was 76% (53 cases) last year against 77% (43 cases) in 2010, and all the rape cases were solved compared to 85% in 2010. But only 73% (11) of dacoity cases were solved against 100% in the previous year. The detection rate in kidnapping and abduction stood at 81% (26 cases) against 74% (17) in 2010. The detection rate in chain snatching incidents was poor, at only 20% (35 cases).
On the positive front, motor vehicle thefts declined, with 278 four-wheelers being reported stolen against 317 in 2010. In the case of two wheelers, the figure stood at 500 against 558. The detection rate though was an abysmal 12% and 17% respectively, compared 13% and 15% in the previous year.
There was a drop in the number of fatal accidents, from 432 cases being registered in 2010, to 368 in last year.