As the city police continue to grapple with rising crime incidents like murders, they have completely failed to solve petty crime cases of snatching, and vehicle thefts and robberies in houses.
Official data procured by the Hindustan Times under RTI shows from January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016, the 14 police stations of the commissionerate had witnessed 154 snatching cases, out of which the police managed to trace the culprits in 82 cases only. A total of 121 house theft cases were registered in police stations and only 31 were cracked by the cops that means only 25% cases were cracked by the cops.
Further, the police have also miserably filed in tracing the stolen vehicles as it has managed to trace only 8% of the stolen four-wheelers and two-wheelers.
The stolen vehicles include 147 two-wheelers and 68 four-wheelers, that means 12 bikes and 6 cars on an average per month.
But only 18 vehicles, including 13 two-wheelers and 5 four-wheelers, have been recovered so far, which means 92% of the stolen automobiles are still untraceable.
The data betray the city police claims of launching drives to keep a check on the activities of criminals.
The house theft incidents are another challenge before the police as they have yet to crack one such big incident in which criminals had struck at a house at Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Nagar on December 13 and looted 500gm gold jewellery and Rs 1 lakh after attacking and injuring an elderly couple.
Later, one of them Mohinder Singh, 70, who had sustained multiple head and eye injuries, died at Sacred Heart Hospital.
A senior police officer, who did not want to be named, told HT that police teams were working on unsolved cases and progress is being reviewed on daily basis with investigation officers.
Over low recovery rate of stolen vehicles, he said that it is because thieves transported the catch out of the state “within a few hours after theft”.
The officer said chances of recovery were extremely less till the stolen vehicles were used in committing other crimes.