Crime rate has declined this year: Delhi Police

New Delhi: Crime in the capital has recorded a dip in the first half of this year, Delhi Police claimed on Saturday while announcing fresh initiatives like introduction of emergency response vehicles, setting up model police stations and commando training for constables.

According to Police Commissioner BK Gupta, heinous crimes have recorded a 2.7 per cent decrease in the first six months of the year compared to last year.

"The crime per lakh population has decreased from last year's rate of 313.6 to 311.23 this year," Gupta told reporters here.

He said new emergency response vehicles have been introduced in all the 155 police stations for duties like swiftly response to distress calls and preserving scene of crime.

"We have got these vehicles and each and every police station will have one emergency response vehicle each," he said.

On the setting up of model police stations, he said one police station in each of the 11 police districts will be declared model police stations within a month.

"These police stations will have improved infrastructure for visitors and policemen. There will be effective complaint redressal and feedback mechanism. The model police stations are instructed to have time-bound disposal of complaints," he said.

He said that selected commandos are also being imparted advanced training in central paramilitary organisations.

"Presently 6,209 constables are undergoing commando training. Out of this, 600 trainees will be given advanced training. NSG, CRPF, CISF and BSF will train them," he said.

On the crime front, Gupta said that 350 bad characters were traced this year as against 50 last year while 358 new history sheets were opened compared to 68 last year.

Externment proceedings were initiated against 703 people this year as against 231 last year. He also said there was a 117 per cent increase in arresting proclaimed offenders -- from 1,057 last year to 2011 this year.

"We have set a target of arresting 4,000 proclaimed offenders this year," Gupta said.

Police also registered a three-time increase in seizure of narcotics this year. While 106 cases were registered and 148 people arrested last year, 440 cases were registered and 511 people arrested this year.

Gupta said 473 cases under Arms Act were also registered this year and 567 arrested.

The city police also claimed that there was an increase in the number of recovery of stolen motor vehicles.