A CONFIDENT Pune Police disclosed on Tuesday how they have successfully managed to bring down the number of chain snatching, house break-in and dacoity cases in the city in 2015 as compared to the previous year.
The charts of these three categories of crime show a significant reduction in 2015 vis-a-vis 2014. Police say that better detection and patrolling methods have yielded the results.
If the years 2014 and 2015 are to be compared, the cases of chain snatching have come down from 512 to 353, registered a decline of 31 per cent. Cases of house break-ins in the day have come down from 413 to 339, while those in the night have come down from 937 to 855, registering decrease of 18 and nine per cent respectively. Cases of dacoity have come down from 112 in 2014 to 40 in 2015 and the robberies have decreased to 731 in 2015 from 848 in 2014. Asked about these figures, Joint Commissioner of Police Sunil Ramanand said, “The solution to cases of road robberies and chain snatching is better detection. The rate of recidivism — repeated offenders — in these cases is over 60 per cent. We have been able control the cases where the habitual offenders are involved. We have put some of the gangs of habitual robbers behind bars and have also invoked MCOCA in some of the cases. The other type, where the non-habitual offenders are involved, it is a bit difficult to crack. But our teams are working in this area too. Clues from CCTV network has helped us crack many cases.”
Senior police officers say that they have brought in increased patrolling. The officers in-charge of police stations have undertaken a drive to create awareness among citizens in residential societies to post security guards and install security cameras, which is believed to have resulted in lesser number of cases of break-ins. “We have taken action against the syndicates of land and extortion mafia, and a record number of cases against these gangs have been registered under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act and Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities Act in one calender year. We also know that once the first hierarchy criminals from these gangs are put behind bars, second strata becomes active. We are sure to tackle this problem.”