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
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
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.