Hold tight to your valuables, because the city seems to be becoming a hotbed for robbery. Statistics from the Mumbai show that the number of robberies has more than doubled this year. In contrast, the rate of detection has declined significantly.
According to the statistics, the city registered 918 robberies between January 1 and November 30 in 2012. For the same period last year, the number of robberies was 396. In contrast, while last year’s detection rate was 83%, this year, it is 47%.
Nisar Tamboli, deputy commissioner of police and spokesperson for the Mumbai police, attributed this exponential rise to a circular issued by commissioner of police Satyapal Singh, directing the police to register a case of robbery even in instances of chain snatching. Earlier, chain snatching incidents were registered as thefts.
However, chain snatching has been listed as a separate category in the Mumbai police statistics. According to the figures, the city witnessed 1,226 chain-snatching cases till November end this year, as compared to 1,521 in the same period last year.
With regard to the decline in detection rate, Tamboli said: “You cannot say that the rate has declined. It has improved in certain areas, while others have fared relatively worse.” He also said that the police are taking several measures to keep crime in check, such as constant patrolling and nakabandis.
Raising the issue of staff crunch, MN Singh, former commissioner of police for Mumbai said the increase in robberies could be a large part of the force has to be deployed for non-policing functions such as VIP security and bandobasts, which takes away from core functions such as crime detection and prevention.
“There is also a major staff shortage in the city’s police force. For example, Mumbai has a sanctioned strength of about 2,480 sub inspectors. However, only 1,200 personnel of that rank are working in the police force currently,” he said.