Karachi: Containing street crimes will be new govt’s acid test
KARACHI: As the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) prepares to form the provincial government, the rising number of street crimes, mainly in the metropolis, is likely to create problems for the new political force, considering the lethal trends that have taken shape during the last government’s tenure.
Figures compiled by the police authorities and institutions concerned have set alarm bells ringing for the new administration observers believe that curbing street crimes — which have killed hundreds of people during the last five years and deprived citizens of valuables worth millions — should be the new government’s priority.“Street crimes remained the main headache of the last administration,” said a source in the police citing recently compiled data of the crimes.
“With an increase in the subscriber base of cellphone users by the end of 2004, it became easier than ever to rob anyone on the street. And obviously, it also resulted in collateral damage in terms of losses of lives.”
The data showed more than 100,000 people lost their cellphones since the crime wave began in 2004, which also cost 200 people their lives in the city.
“A total of 134,111 cellphones were snatched between January 2004 and December 2007,” said the police source. “Before 2004, cellphone snatching or theft did not feature in the trend of crimes as criminals relied mainly on house robberies and vehicle snatching.”
The year 2004 ended with only 369 cellphone snatching complaints, he added. However, he said these complaints increased at a staggering pace during the years, as by the end of 2007, 59,744 such cases were registered by police stations across the city.
Similarly, the last fives years of the previous government’s rule were also filled with car snatching activities, which kept increasing pace with each passing year.
Though the law-enforcers managed to recover stolen and snatched vehicles with the arrests of several gangs, their success remained below the required level.
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