After a look at the percentage of unsolved motor vehicle theft, snatching and robbery cases at a recent crime review meeting, Delhi Police Commissioner Alok Kumar Verma directed the deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) of all 11 districts to focus on improving detection, said sources. He also urged the DCPs to do more to curb street crimes, the sources added.
After assessing the crime graphs of all the districts in robbery cases, he stated that the detection rate in four districts — east, outer, northeast and New Delhi — was “very poor”. “He directed the DCPs of all these four districts, especially DCP (New Delhi district) Jatin Narwal to put in extra effort to improve detection rate,” said a senior police officer. The Lutyens’ zone is under New Delhi district police limits.
“The Commissioner also asked DCP (north) Madhur Verma, DCP (central) Parmaditya and DCP (northeast) A K Singla to improve detection rates and develop strategies for preventing snatching in their areas,” the officer added. “He was not satisfied with the detection percentage in carjacking cases and sought deployment of dedicated teams, especially in south, outer and southwest districts, for prevention and detection,” said the officer.
In 2015, the capital witnessed a 24.05 per cent rise in crime over 2014, a spike which then Delhi Police commissioner B S Bassi had attributed to the policy of free and fair registration of FIRs. Delhi Police data reveals that of the cases reported in 2015, the highest increase of more than 40 per cent was witnessed in cases of vehicle thefts, while a 35.71 per cent rise was seen in snatching, and a 16.45 per cent spike in robbery. After taking charge, Verma has consistently sought improvement in solving cases of motor vehicle thefts, snatching and robbery.