Crime rate drops in last two months

Crime rate drops in last two months

“All is well!” The theme song from Aamir Khan’s film “3 Idiots” may well be chorused by the City police just before the dawn of the New Year, to pat themselves on back for keeping crime under control in the outgoing year.

The City police might just wrap up the year on a relatively positive note. The City Police Commissioner may heave a sigh of relief that there was no major law and order problem and that organized crime did not show upward trends. Yet that does not tell the complete story.

In 2009, the police have been under more of a scan than the criminals, with vigilant monitoring by the State Human Rights Commission, the State Women’s Commission, civil society organisations and the media.

A reality check showed that there is a decrease in the crime rate during the month of November and December. Senior officers attribute the dip to the GPRS installed on the police vehicles and in wireless instruments.

The policemen are constantly monitored and are accountable for his/her routine rounds and checks, said the City Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari. More so, there is a fear instilled among the junior officers, as more than a dozen officers in the city are kept under suspension.

Unlike the previous years, the police top brass cannot cite statistics to their advantage. Officers have openly confessed that their crime statistics is faulty and the entire process is undergoing a major overhaul.

Except for murders (reported and detected) statistics related to burglary, attempt-to-murder, dowry death, robbery, dacoity, thefts, chain snatching etc have become a statistician’s nightmare.

Under pressure to boost the rate of recoveries in case of vehicle thefts, police men have resorted to show the same recovered vehicles in more than two police stations. Shocked, senior officers have changed the system of collecting the data and processing it.

As a consequence, there is hectic activity at the City, State Crime Records Bureau. Sources told Deccan Herald that by January 6, the entire process is likely to be completed and the Police Commissioner would be giving more realistic figures to the media.

The year 2009 had started off on a negative note, with more than 14 murders reported in less than 20 days and a major police force diverted to investigate the Bangalore serial blast. In February, the cops arrested seven of the 26 persons wanted in connection with the 2008 blast case and discovered that Sarfraz Nawaz was a conduit between LeT operators and the Kerala-based Shahbuddin Ghowri Brigade that carried out the blasts.

They also found that Nawaz was hiding in Oman and that the kingpins, Nazir and Shafaz had fled to Bangladesh. Their work bore fruit once Nazir was arrested by Bangladesh police and was brought to the city.

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