Poor recovery rate plagues police

  • Jayprakash S Naidu, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Mar 21, 2016 00:17 IST

The Mumbai police have not been able to recover valuables worth Rs1,010.50 crore that were robbed and burgled in the past decade.

The figures were collected by Hindustan Times after filing a Right to Information (RTI) query. It has also been revealed that the date on unrecovered amount of stolen items prior to these years is not available in the records maintained at the police headquarters.

Unrecovered amounts from thefts and burglaries cases contributed heavily with Rs485.24 crore and Rs406.27 crore, respectively, since 2007-15. In chain snatching cases, about Rs58.93 crore has not be recovered in 2006-15 and in robbery cases around Rs60.04 crore could has be recovered in 2005-15.

What is alarming is that though the cases of thefts increased from 6,436 in 2014 to 6,957 in 2015, but the recovery percentage for theft cases dropped from 19.45% in 2014 to 14.68% in 2015. The dip in the recovery percentage is significant because the average recovery percentage for thefts in 2007-15 stands at 21.57 %. The detection rate remained constant at 31 % in both years.

The overall cases of burglaries marginally decreased in 2015 to 3,010 cases from 3,055 in the previous year, but burglaries occurring during night saw a rise to 2,578 cases in 2015 from 2, 531 in 2014. The detection rate improved from 34% in 2014 to 38.5 % in 2015. Also, the recovery rate in 2015 rose to 20.94% as compared to 15.13%in 2014.

The number of robberies increased from 697 cases in 2014 to 794 cases in 2015 but the detection percentage fell marginally from 73% to 72% in 2015. The police, however, improved their recovery percentage from 28.34% in 2014 to 35.73% in 2015.

Even as the cases of thefts, burglaries and robberies have seen ups and downs, the Mumbai police’s performance showed a marked improvement in effectively curbing the rising menace of chain snatching since 2014.

In 2013, about 2,078 cases took place while in 2014 it dropped to 1,396 and further dropped to 909 in 2015. Also, the recovery rate in chain snatching cases improved from 18.1% in 2014 to 25.8% in 2015, which is also higher than the average recovery percentage of chain snatching for the past decade that stands at 20.80%.

“The figures are very high . The Mumbai police needs to do introspection in this regard. They need to take serious efforts to better the recovery rate and improve their performance,” said IPS official-turned-lawyer YP Singh.

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