Crime diary: Street crime shows marked decrease in first six months of 2016

Robbery, theft and burglary incident witnesses downward trend


Our Correspondent June 29, 2016
Robbery, theft and burglary incident witnesses downward trend. PHOTO: EXPRESS

PESHAWAR: There has been a 32% decrease in robbery, theft and burglary incidents in the city. This was mentioned in data released by Peshawar police on Wednesday. The decline in street crime was sharply felt when the crime rate was compared with trends observed in the first six months of 2015.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, SSP Operation Abbas Majeed Marwat said the decline in major crimes was the result of search and strike operations in the district.The number of robberies, theft, car and motorcycle snatching stands at 352 as compared to 505 recorded in 2015, showing a downward trend.

The number of robbery cases decreased from 49 to 10. However, burglary cases increased from 56 from 73 while theft cases rose from 83 to 119.

As per data, case of motorcycle lifting decreased from 62 to 46 while 25 motorcycle snatching cases were registered as compared to 39 during the corresponding period in 2015.

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However, there has been no decrease in cases of violent robberies. They still stand at 10 cases against the 10 that surfaced last year. A marginal case has been witnessed in car snatching and car lifting cases.

Car snatching cases have increased from 13 to 14 while car lifting cases have increased from 63 to 64 cases this year.

The police said around 577 people were involved in these cases compared to 834 people involved in these crimes last year and they have arrested 247 people against 398 people arrested last year.

“There is a visible 32% decrease in the total number of cases as compared to last year which is a result of our policy to continue search and strike operations,” SSP Majeed Marwat said.

According to the SSP, these operations were effective and they would continue to put pressure on anti-social elements and ensure their arrest in time.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2016.

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