'Delhi sees 100 pc rise in crime'

'Delhi sees 100 pc rise in crime'

About 1.50 lakh cases under Indian Penal Code were registered by Delhi Police last year, which is almost double the number of cases filed in 2013.

The number includes 561 cases of murder, 745 attempt to murders, 2,069 rapes, 4,179 molestation, 6,944 snatchings, 6,180 robbery, 12,256 house theft and 22,223 vehicle theft. Police managed to crack only 29.50 per cent of the crimes.

In the annual press conference on Friday, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi attributed the increased numbers to disappearance of reluctance among police officers to register cognisable crime.

“The seedling of truthful registration planted in 2013 has firmly established itself and crime registration, which had remained depressed for years, now represents largely a true state of affairs,” Bassi said.

Police registered 1,47,230 cases till December 15, 2014. It showed a 100 per cent increase when compared with 73,902 cases of 2013 and almost 200 per cent against 54,287 cases of 2012. Bassi highlighted that victims of cognisable crime now rarely have to run from pillar to post to get their FIRs registered.

“It is our concern that sincere efforts are made to apprehend criminals and to bring them before the courts to suffer consequences of their misdemeanors,” said the commissioner, adding that since the true extent of crime in various parts of the city is now known, suitable strategies for prevention and detention of crime can be devised.
Police also understand that at no point of time can they lower their guard against various terrorist groups having bases both within and outside the country.  As a result of a number of well planned operations against such elements, top Indian Mujahideen terrorists like Tehsin Akhtar, Zia Ur Rehman and Ejaj Sheikh along with Mohammad Mahruf, Mohammad Waqar Azhar and Shaquib Ansari were arrested last year.

As Delhi is the capital city, Bassi also says that policing is a complex, challenging and ever expanding responsibility. “I believe use of new methodologies and technologies can enhance our service delivery capacity. Consequently, my endeavour last year was to utilise the potential of emerging technologies,” he added.

Police are now upgrading their systems at the central police control room so that all incoming call received on telephone number 100 are simultaneously forwarded to the nearest PCR van and the concerned police station in real time through “Cyber Highway”.

Delhi Police will be the first police organisation to do so in the country. Bassi believes that it will reduce the turnaround time for the PCR vans to proceed to the next call in queue. “This system will also have the facility of sending SMS to the complainant as well as the concerned SHO through the control room,” Bassi said.  
DH News Service

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