‘Chandigarh, Vadodara safest cities in country’



Vadodara (Gujarat): Vadodara has emerged as the second safest city in the country after Chandigarh and first in Gujarat in an online survey of 37 cities conducted by a global market research firm.

As part of the online survey done by YouGuv between Aug 23 and September 28, more than 6,000 respondents were asked to rate a particular city on various parameters, like crime rate, law enforcement, terror attacks to name a few, if they are residents or recent visitors to the said city.

"This web site took several parameters in consideration before endorsing Vadodara as the second safest city in the country," Vadodara police commissioner Satish Sharma told agency.

Devising a system for monitoring response to complaints, intense patrolling besides increased number of police control vans are some of the factors that went in favour of the city, he said.

As per the police records of 2009, the murder rate for population of one lakh in the city stood at 1.6 as against the average of 2.7 of all Indian cities, while it was 1.7 in comparison with the national average of 2.7 in attempt-to-murder cases.

The rate of rape in Vadodara during the said period was 0.4 compared to 1.6 in other cities, while rate of abduction was 2.2 against national average of 5.0. The rate of robbery was 1.4 as against average of 4.8, the survey said.

"207 persons were detained and seven others were extradited from the city this year," Sharma said.

With addition of 56 police sub inspectors in the police force and filling up of vacant posts of deputy superintendent of police, there will be further improvement on the law and order front, Sharma said.

"We have been receiving a number of messages from NRIs after reporting of a murder of a 55-year-old woman Surekha Shah staying lonely in her bungalow in Akota locality in the city on 16th Nov and police arresting three youths involved in it," he said.

The NRIs were expressing concerns over safety of their parents staying in the city and appreciating police for taking prompt steps in nabbing the culprits involved in such cases, he added.

PTI