Crime rate alarmingly rises in Rawalpindi
RAWALPINDI: Incidents of crimes in city witnessed a sharp increase during this year despite the tall claims of strict security arrangements made by police to curb the crime rate.
According to the statistics collected by APP in this regard, 1,250 vehicles and 800 motorcycles were stolen during this period, with soaring number of other reported and unreported crimes that were recorded in 2011 while recovery of the vehicles and motorcycles was much less.
Statistics shows that despite more than 25 police check posts at entry and exit points of the city there is no let up in the crime rate as there are frequent reports of crimes including murder cases, attempted murder cases, kidnappings for ransom, robberies, theft and burglary. According to police, more than 4,000 cases of such crimes were registered during the period in Rawalpindi city while recovery of the citizens’ money and other valuables was only in 346 cases. They said total number of cases of various crimes was recorded over 17,700 during 2011. People were robbed of huge amount in cash and valuables because of armed robberies, theft, mugging and burglary during the period.
Several incidents of crimes in different areas of the city also went unreported as well. The Rawalpindi Regional Police Officer had earlier shuffled several SHOs of the city in response to the rise in crime but no significant improvement has been seen so far. However, according to City Police Officer (CPO) Rawalpindi all out efforts were being made to control the crime in city.
He said senior police officers were directed to regularly monitor the crime situation and performance of police officials. He said, foolproof security arrangements were made particularly at public places in Rawalpindi district. The special teams comprising senior police officials were constituted to check and curb heinous crimes and to monitor performance of police officials on weekly basis. Solid steps to change traditional ‘thana’ culture and improve image of police among public were also taken. He said on special directives of Chief Minister Punjab open courts were also being held to address grievances of citizens.
Stressing the need of concerted efforts, he said, people should come forward to play their due role as joint efforts by law enforcement agencies and the general public would have to be made to eliminate crime rate from the society. Police pickets set up at entry and exit points of the cities are being made more effective to control car lifting problem, he said.