Street crime on rise in Rawalpindi
RAWALPINDI: Incidents of street crimes are on the rise in many areas of Rawalpindi city as young boys on motorcycles without numberplates are on a spree of snatching cell phones, cash and even jewellery from people.
With enhanced number of crime cases, many of such incidents go unreported, as the victims allege that these are taking place with the collusion of police. The people generally assume that the criminals behind street crimes do have ‘strong backing’, as without it they cannot even imagine committing such daring crimes in broad daylight.
The victims of street crime say they will be wasting time by going to police station to lodge a complaint. They said that young people on bikes without registration numberplates are freely moving and looting people without any fear of being arrested by law-enforcers.
Another factor behind street crimes is poverty, unemployment and lack of education, which have forced the youngsters to get involve in evil activities like street crimes as rapid surge in such crimes was witnessed in the city during last few months.
A common type of crime in this regard is the snatching of cell phones from residents of all ages, handbags from women and other valuables by the youngsters on motorbikes having no numberplates or identity in the streets of the town including Satellite Town, Dhoke Paracha, Dhoke Chodarian, People’s Colony, Masrial Road and several other areas. The congested areas, which were considered as the safest are on the hit list of youngsters involved in street crimes.
Talking to APP, Arif, a resident of People’s Colony, said that motorcyclists with no number plates snatching cell phones and bags roam around freely in front of police patrolling but no action has been taken against them.
These signs show unrest and anarchy in the society as the lust for becoming rich without hard work, force the undirected youth to develop such evil habits. It also symbolises the unequal distribution of wealth in the society as load-shedding, shortage of fuel and inflation has already made life of poor people very hard.
Police high-ups claim to have constituted Mohafiz Force to check the rising incidents of street crimes like cell phone and purse snatching, but the ratio of such crimes in rising day by day and police fail to come up with a solid plan to control the crime.