Home Minister R R Patil on Wednesday said the Mumbai Police is taking stringent action to curb incidents of chain-snatching in the city. Patil said the police would come down heavily on those involved in these cases,including those who buy the stolen jewellery from the robbers.
Patil was responding to a question raised by members in the Assembly.
He said 7,020 chain-snatching cases were reported in the city from 2008 to February 2012. According to official figures,jewellery worth over Rs 26.81 crore was robbed in these incidents. Of the cases registered,the Mumbai Police detected 2,894 cases and recovered jewellery worth Rs 6.04 crore,he said,adding that 3,494 persons were arrested in connection with these cases.
The detection rate has been less than 50 per cent for the period. The city polices official statistics show that of the 1,442 chain snatching cases registered in 2008,the police have solved 640,a detection rate of 44 %. In 2009,of the 1,600 cases registered,the police solved 47% cases. For 2010,the detection percentage was 39 (787 of 2,044 cases). Of the 1,666 cases registered in 2011,the police cracked 662,with a detection rate of 40%. The polices record in cracking chain-snatching cases for the current year,however,is just 18%. Of the 268 cases registered till February 29,the police have managed to crack just 49.
Patil said the Mumbai Police have deployed armed beat marshalls and stepped up patrolling. Armed beat marshalls on motorcycles,all of them having walkie-talkies,have been deployed. Wireless mobile vans are also being used to curb the menace. The police has also been erecting barricades on major roads and checking two-wheelers as most offenders ride motorcycles, said Patil.
Patil said women policemen were also being deployed on roads where the offence was likely to take place.