The number of petty crimes registered with the railway police this year has declined marginally as compared to 2010.
In 2011, 1,958 thefts were reported on Mumbai railway stations and trains, as compared to 2,037 in 2010. These thefts include pick-pocketing, bag lifting, bag cutting, chain snatching and stealing of wrist watches.
According to the statistics released by the Mumbai Railway Police Commissionerate, 411 cases of chain snatching were reported this year, as against 416 cases in 2010. The number of bag lifting cases declined to 171, from 229 cases in 2010.
“There has been a substantial increase in patrolling on railway stations and in local trains, which has led to a reduction in petty crime. We organise training sessions with railway police personnel every three months to further enhance their patrolling abilities which has been of immense help,” said G S Bhandare, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Central Railways.
However, the number of pick-pocketing incidents has increased to 550 this year, as compared to 525 in 2010.
“Pick-pocketing occurs mostly in overcrowded trains. It is not possible for the police to man a crowded compartment. Hence, such crimes often become inevitable. We can reduce crimes, but not completely eliminate them,” said Bhandare.
The statistics revealed that property valued at Rs4.4 crore was stolen through petty crimes during 2011, of which 30 per cent has been recovered. In comparison, 33 per cent of stolen property was recovered in 2010.