Snatching incidents were at their highest in the past five years. About four snatchings were reported daily in 2010.
“While 1,289 snatchings were reported in 2008, 2010 reported 1,596 incidents. An analysis of the data reveals that snatchings were the highest since 2006,” said a police officer.
Compared to data compiled over the last decade, police said 2004 saw the least such incidents, 75, before a spurt that saw the figures touch 2,210 cases in 2005. In the past year, police struggled to make headway in nearly 39% of the cases.
Snatching is one crime in relation to which the Delhi Police can’t even seek solace behind its ‘crime per lakh population’ classification. Even this classification, that tabulates crime figures in relation to and on the basis of per lakh increase in population of an area, puts snatching at its highest.
“While snatching was at 4.87% in 2001, it rose to 7.18% in 2005, to 7.42% in 2007 and hit 9.13% in 2010. But this should be viewed in relation to the fact that the population has grown by nearly 31% during the same decade before settling at 1.8 crore people this year,” the officer said.
The yardstick, says the Delhi Police, is the internationally accepted norm to tabulate crime data.
“This should be viewed in totality, and not for select crime heads. When viewed this way, crime has fallen from 306.37% in 2009 to 301.49% last year. Cases are being registered every day so the figures are naturally going up but we are also catching more criminals and ensuring that they are convicted,” police chief BK Gupta, said.