Thefts top Mumbai crime graph in 2011
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 22:24
Mumbai: Motor vehicle thefts and other cases of stealing, house break-ins and robberies have topped the 2011 crime data compiled by the Mumbai police, prompting the top cops to chalk out a strategy and form a special squad to curb the vehicle theft menace.

As many as 32,191 cases were registered in 90 police stations across the city in 2011, less by 1,454 cases than previous year, with 6,444 theft cases, followed by 4,702 motor vehicles theft and 2,231 house break-ins during night, police said.

Robbery cases have increased to 436 in 2011 from 384 cases in 2010, whereas house break-ins during daytime rose to 501, an increase by 25 cases, in the same period.

Narcotics cases have increased to 958 in 2011, with the arrest of 1,661 persons, from 657 cases in 2010 with 1,336 accused arrests, police said.

"In 2011, the number of IPC cases registered at the police stations and crime branch have dropped by 1,454 as compared to 2010, but the detection rate has risen by two per cent," said Arup Patnaik, city police chief, during a Mumbai police annual press briefing on Tuesday.

Motor vehicles theft is a matter of concern, as a total 4,702 cases were registered in 2011, an increase by 13 per cent compared to previous year, Patnaik said.

"Though the detection of the motor vehicles theft cases have increased merely by one per cent, we are seriously looking into these cases to curb the menace. We will soon be forming a special squad, consisting of good detection officers in the unit," said Himanshu Roy, Joint Police Commissioner (crime).

A study of these motor vehicles theft cases reveals that Scorpios (133), Santros (106) and Boleros (106) were the four-wheelers, which, the thieves targeted particularly.

Among the two-wheelers, Pulsars (512), Splendors (351) and Passions (193) were the ones, on which, they laid their hands maximum number of times. "The owners of these brand vehicles should be more careful," said an IPS official.


First Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 22:24

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