Islamabad: Capital witnesses rise in crimes
ISLAMABAD: The annual crime data of the capital city indicates alarming hike in heinous crime during the year 2008. Over all reported crime was increased by 27.56% i.e. from 4,487 in 2007 to 5,724 in 2008. Twenty people were kidnapped for ransom in 2008 as compared to 12 in 2007. The offences of vehicle thefts were increased by over 58%. The statistics revealed that 828 vehicles – 602 car, 119 other vehicles and 107 motorcycles – were stolen from various areas of Islamabad as compared to 524 including 397 cars, 84 other vehicles and 43 motorcycles in year 2007. Bike theft cases increased by 149%. Reported street crimes in 2008 including dacoities, robberies, burglaries and general thefts, shoot up by 31%. The statistics disclosed that 726 cases were recorded in 2008 as compared to 554 in 2007.
Offences of dacoities in Islamabad shoot up by 105.9 percent as 35 such offences were recorded in 2008 and 17 in 2007. Robberies were increased by 12 % and mugging increased by 39 percent. Zina and kidnapping cases were increased by 55 percent, the report said.
The highest number of dacoities were recorded in Shahzad Town Police Station area. Nine offences of dacoities were occurred in the jurisdiction of Shahzad Town Police Station among total of 35. While the incidents of kidnapping for ransom were occurred in Sabzi Mandi police station area which were five in number.
Violent crime against person rose 29.42 percent as 717 such cases including 116 murders, 126 attempted murders, 221 hurt and 139 kidnapping and zina were recorded on 2008 as compared to 554 in 2007, the crime statistics released. While, over 100 innocent people were killed in terrorists activities.
Downward trend was noticed in fatal accident recorded as 114 deaths during the year 2008 as compared to 133 in 2007 with 13 percent decrease, the statistics said.