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Housebreaking, thefts in State: Indore leads

FOR A citizen, the reflection of law-and-order situation generally hinges on the number of housebreaks and thefts that occur in his locality, neighbourhood and the City.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 14:19 IST

FOR A citizen, the reflection of law-and-order situation generally hinges on the number of housebreaks and thefts that occur in his locality, neighbourhood and the City.

Rather than heinous crimes, it is the higher rate of burglaries that generally makes people feel unsafe. And on this count Indore with the highest number of thefts and burglaries takes the lead over all other districts in the State.

In the year 2005, Indore witnessed 966 burglaries (a 12 per cent jump from 2004) and a whopping figure of 2,653 thefts, according to figures obtained from the State police.

The number of thefts is almost twice the number of thefts in Bhopal and Gwalior which  stood second and third respectively. Bhopal recorded 1,468 thefts and Gwalior (1,326) followed by Ujjain (992) and Jabalpur (832).

The numbers for Indore as astonishing as it recorded more than three times the thefts reported in another district of comparable population and size viz. Jabalpur.

As far as housebreaks or burglaries are concerned, Indore leads with 966 followed by Bhopal (740), Gwalior (554), Rewa (464), Sagar (445), Ujjain (428) and Jabalpur (404).

In all, Indore recorded 3,615 thefts and burglaries while Bhopal witnessed 2,208 thefts and housebreaks. Also, in the first two months of the current year Indore had recorded over 500 thefts apart from 135 burglaries thus scoring over all other districts on this count.

Police officials admit that often a spate of thefts and to an extent incidents of snatchings creates more panic amongst the ordinary citizens than heinous crimes as the latter are considered the domain of anti-socials while thefts concern ordinary people.

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