Every day, five women are raped, 12 are molested, two persons are murdered and 26 more are targeted by snatchers in the capital, a crime-mapping by Delhi Police’s Crime Branch has revealed.
Rattled by the rising crime graph in certain areas of the capital, Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi recently directed the Crime Branch to crime-map the most-vulnerable spots. He then directed all the district heads concerned to deploy adequate number of police personnel in these spots.
Sources said following the directive, issued at a recent review meeting held at the Police Headquarters, a special team of the Crime Branch conducted crime-mapping of the 11 districts. “The team has compiled crime figures and compared them with the previous year’s figures,” a source said, adding that the team had sent the report along with the data to all DCPs and other senior officers.
Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deepak Mishra told The Indian Express that after identifying the vulnerable areas, police were drawing up a security plan for these areas.
“We have also decided to deploy more security personnel and install proper lights in vulnerable areas to curb crimes against women,” he said.
But senior police officers say that if the number of crime cases were going up, it was because of the fact that people no longer hesitate to file FIRs.
“I have no hesitation to place on record that reluctance to register cognisable crime has almost disappeared among Delhi Police officers,” Bassi said during the annual press conference of his force earlier this month.
Police data reveal that areas where most incidents of snatching take place are in Outer Delhi. “We are deploying more pickets and policemen in the affected areas. We have also asked patrolling staff to coordinate with the traffic police and immediately stop bikers not wearing helmets and driving rashly,” DCP (Outer district) Vikramjit Singh said.
During the crime-review meeting, Bassi expressed concern over cases of crimes against women. Most rape and molestation cases occurred in posh areas of south Delhi, data reveals. “In their report, the Crime Branch team has asked the DCP (South) to make proper security arrangements to curb such incidents against women,” a police officer said.