Car theft, murder cases on the rise in Pindi
RAWALPINDI: A sharp increase in incidents of car lifting and murder in the city reported during the first seven months of this year belie the local police claim of effective policing. According to the data collected by Daily Times, over 670 cases of vehicle theft were reported to the police in the first seven months of 2008 compared with 650 cases in the corresponding period of 2007.
Similarly, an alarming increase was witnessed in murder cases, as over 130 people were killed in the first seven months of 2008 compared with 110 cases reported to different police stations in the corresponding period last year.
During the period in question, police adopted a number of strategies to tighten security but couldn’t bring the crime ratio down. To cope with the situation, an additional inspector general (AIG) of police was deputed in Rawalpindi, while Muhafiz Force, Anti-Car-Lifting Cell (ACLC) and Traffic Wardens were also deployed to help police overcome crime in the city.
The city police also introduced night patrolling formula to curb street crime, dacoities, murders etc, but the crime graph kept on scaling new highs.
To overcome rising incidents of car theft, the senior police officers introduced different softwares to record criminals’ data and arrest them, but the system has not yet produced the expected results.
Similarly, regional police and city police tried to introduce the concept of swift accountability of corrupt police officers to bring the crime ratio down, but the results remained desperate.
Last week, the regional police in collaboration with the city police also introduced a hand-made gadget to foil car-lifting attempts. The people are awaiting availability of the gadget on the market.
Pleading anonymity, a senior police officer told Daily Times that a number of people registered fake car theft cases after failing to pay bank instalments. He said such defaulters sold their cars in other areas of the country and lodged complaints with the police that their vehicles had been stolen. He was confident that police would soon overcome the rising incidents of car theft. He also urged the people to install the latest security systems in their vehicles to check theft.