Most cell phones snatched in Saddar

Published: November 25, 2010
Karachi cellphone theft averaging at 3,000 per month, says CPLC.

Karachi cellphone theft averaging at 3,000 per month, says CPLC.

Karachi cellphone theft averaging at 3,000 per month, says CPLC. Most cellphones were stolen in the East zone, followed by the South zone. SOURCE: CPLC Nokia holds the major share in all cell phones stolen in Karachi. SOURCE: CPLC An average of 3,000 phones are stolen in Karachi every month. SOURCE: CPLC

Almost 3,000 cell phones get snatched or stolen every month in Karachi, say latest statistics published by the Citizens Police Liaison Committee (CPLC).

According to figures from August 2009 to July 2010, handset theft in Karachi takes up 43.7 per cent of all theft in Pakistan, with most incidents occurring in the city’s east zone, comprising areas such as Gulshan-i-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Korangi, followed by the south zone, which includes areas such as Defence, Clifton and Saddar. Nineteen-year-old Hatim Lotia was mugged at the mobile phone market itself.

“I was outside the mobile market in Saddar where I had come to drop off a friend’s phone to get fixed. They not only took my Blackberry bold, but also the Blackberry curve which I had to get fixed. Funny thing is, a few days later, my phone was returned to my father’s office.”

The reported numbers show that in the period August 2009 to July 2010 (one year), 9,018 handsets were snatched or stolen in Karachi East, with 8,053 in the South, 6,495 in Central, 6,302 in Malir and 3,724 in the West zone.

Forty-year-old Tanveer Hasan was with her family when she was mugged. “Two motorcycles surrounded our car on the Super Highway and all four men were armed,” she said. “They took my Motorola Razor and gold jewellery from my sister.”

Area-wise, the highest number of incidents have occurred in Saddar (4,445) followed by Gulshan-e-Iqbal (4,428). Jamshed Town, Clifton and Korangi follow.

The street crime is usually at gunpoint. “My blackberry bold and brother’s Nokia was stolen right outside our house in Clifton, Block 7,” said 24-year-old Nayel Noorani. “I think he was a police officer because I saw a police belt when he lifted his shirt to take out a gun.”

In terms of brand, it was noted that Nokia with 77.7 per cent had the highest share in the cell phones that were stolen.

It is worth mentioning here that these numbers are based on reported cases and the actual estimate is likely to be much higher. According to latest Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), currently Pakistan has a cell phone subscription base of more than 100 million.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 26th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Copper
    Nov 25, 2010 - 9:40PM

    Thank you MQM !! We elected you and you did it!! This is called performance!! Safe city only with MQMRecommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Nov 25, 2010 - 9:57PM

    CPLC failed to recover the stolen cell phones.

    What is the use of maintaining the data which does not show that how many people got killed while resisting to hand over their cell phones?

    There is no account that people who were deprived of their cell phone, money was also looted at the gun point.

    The bandits also took away bangles made of gold while snatching cell phones from the women.

    The market is open for the bandits as snatched cell phones are sold in the mobile markets in Karachi.

    If the shop keepers refuse to buy snatched cell phones from the bandits, I am sure that rate of snatching cell phone will drop automatically. The sale and purchase of second-hand cell phones are made in connivance with the cell phone shop keepers.

    What was the use of reporting the incidents of snatching cell phones to CPLC with IMEI numbers when the cell phones are made good for use by the same shopkeepers for the second-hand cell phone purchasers who purchase second-hand cell phones from the shopkeepers?

    The sale and purchase of second-hand cell phones should not only be banned in the city but it should be banned in the entire country to save the precious human lives.Recommend

  • KNS
    Nov 25, 2010 - 10:08PM

    Just thank you MQM?? ANP and PEOPLES AMAN COMMITY is disbursing cell phones among flood effecties in karachi?Recommend

  • hasan
    Nov 26, 2010 - 12:05AM

    i agree with mateen sahab, though i dint read it fullRecommend

  • Inqilabi
    Nov 26, 2010 - 10:02AM

    @Copper….Ulta Chor Kotwal to Dantey…I don’t you whether you live in Karachi of just made comments as anti-MQM. The dynamics of Karachi are very different from the rest of the country as many people conceived. The Police and Intelligence Agencies provide shelter to armed ganster to make money. The CPLC is not a law enforcement agency, all they can do is collect the data of street crimes and provide it to the concerned authorities. But the concerned authorities are either reluctunt or they don’t want to take any action against these criminals. I.I. Chundrigar Road is the wall street of Pakistan and home of many commercial banks, central bank, stock exchange, police headquarter etc…..but if you collect the data of street crimes of this area you would be surprised. The Police/ Intelligence Agencies can not safeguard this business district….what to talk about the rest of Karachi!! Every single Karachiite knows the whereabouts of these criminals….famous among them are Lyari, Sultanabad, Sohrab Goth, Banaras etc….but these are not visible to our security agencies. I lost my mobile in front of Karachi Stock Exchange but two Baloch riders on gun point but can not do any thing except launching a complaint at the CPLC. What to do???Recommend

  • Wass
    Nov 26, 2010 - 11:35AM

    agree to CopperRecommend

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