The Maharashtra government has claimed that there has been a significant decline in crime graph in the last 20 months and attributed it to policy reforms in the home ministry. This has resulted in a decline in crime rate in the last 20 months along with an increase in crime detection. The government said the biggest change has come in crime detection, which has increased to 52 per cent.
Ahead of festivals including Eid, Ganesh puja and Dusshera, the home ministry, discussed deployment of additional police force in all sensitive districts, better management of crowds and improving policing.
Murders registered declined to 4137 (2014-16) from 4424 (2013-14); dacoity came down from 1497 (2013-14) to 1237 (2014-16); robbery declined from 16,208 (2013-14) to 13,190 (2014-16); house break-ins from 30207 (2013-14) to 26,662 (2014-16); theft from 1,00,822 (2013-14) to 1,00,700 (2014-16); and riots from 15,955 (2013-14) to 15,261 (2014-16).
In terms of percentage, murders declined by 6.49 per cent, dacoity by 17.37 per cent, robbery by 11.74 per cent, house break-ins by 11.45 percent, theft by 0.12 per cent and rioting by 4.35 per cent.
Greater participation of police mitra equipped with mobile apps is believed to have helped in improving policing. Over 92,000 people have downloaded the apps. It has shown an increase in people’s participation in registering complaints and providing information to police. Police patrolling, day and night, has increased, and there were frequent raids on gambling and illicit liquor trade.
Special apps have been created for awareness and information alerts to ensure women’s security. More than 42,000 people have downloaded the apps.
Toll-free numbers 100, 1098, 103, 1090 have been provided for registering complaints. All police control rooms have been upgraded, complete with whatsapp to facilitate quick information sharing and response. Instructions have been given to compulsorily file FIRs within 24 hours in cases related to outraging the modesty of women. Altogether 14 measures have been taken to enhance crime detection.