Police have identified six Metro stations they said have become the favourite hunting ground of pick-pockets.
After receiving several complaints,police had ordered a survey to identify the stations from where the maximum number of such incidents were reported.
According to the survey,Rajiv Chowk reported the highest number of cases,followed by Kashmere Gate,New Delhi railway station,Central Secretariat,Inderlok and Kirti Nagar.
Police said last year,400 cases of pick-pocketing were reported from Metro stations. This year,till the first half of December,810 cases were reported,a 50 per cent rise.
Police said they had arrested 118 people this year for pick-pocketing,of whom
22 were women. The survey revealed passengers were mostly targeted when boarding or de-boarding trains.
To improve security at Metro stations,police said they had written to the Home Ministry,requesting it to sanction a force of 2,000 police personnel for Metro stations,up from the existing 200 personnel. Police have also sought an increase in women personnel at stations from 30 to 130.