Islamabad: Crime rate jumped up in last 4 years
ISLAMABAD: The overall crime rate in the country has increased than what it was four years ago. Official figures confirm that the overall crime ratio, at the centre and provinces, has increased despite tall claims made by the federal and provincial governments.
An upward trend is seen in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) as well as marginal increase in the federal capital during 2011, while crime figures in Sindh, Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan have shown a downward trend in the data. The statistics indicate that law enforcement agencies have failed to control crime during last four years with upward trend of 13.71% as 592,503 offences were recorded in 2008 and 673,750 in 2011.
The carjacking offences, which have become a routine due to apathy of the federal and provincial governments, registered a sharp increase. A total of 136,470 vehicles worth Rs68.2 billion — 61,108 during first two years (2008 and 2009) and 75,362 in 2010 and 2011) — were lifted or snatched from different parts of the country during last four years.
Punjab has the share of 60.53% in crime figures of the country with 419,690 cases. Sindh shared 83,630 cases, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 145,772, Balochistan 8,099, Gilgit-Baltistan 1,558, AJK 5,691 and the federal capital 6,793 cases in the national crime data.
The crime against people and property gradually went up by 13.26% — 229,948 cases were registered in 2011 and 203,011 in 2008. But crime, both against people and property, jumped up by 17.96% in 2008 after the present elected government came into power as compared to 2007 when 172,091 such cases were reported.
The countrywide reported crime in 2011 was calculated at 673,750 against 642,762 in 2010 with an increase of 4.8%. It includes 13,860 cases of murder in 2011 and 13,190 in 2010. As many as 12,059 persons were killed in 2008, showing an increase of 14.93% in murder cases. The cases of kidnapping for ransom were gradually controlled as 506 cases were reported in 2011 against 626 in 2008 when an alarming upward trend of kidnapping for ransom was recorded. An increase of 46.94% was recorded in such heinous crimes as 626 cases were registered in 2008 as compared to 426 in 2007, while 512 cases of kidnapping for ransom were recorded in 2010.
The crime figures show that 264 women were gang-raped in 2011 and 310 in 2010, showing a decrease of 14.8% in such cases. As many as 228 women were gang-raped in 2008. The highest figure of gang-rape during last five years was recorded in 2010, the report said. The ratio of rape cases has increased alarmingly by 72.39% as 3,272 cases were reported in 2011 and 1,898 in 2008, while 3,158 rape cases were registered in 2010, with an increase of 3.6% against 2011.
The overall 135,280 cases of street crime were recorded in 2011, as compared to 123,970 in 2010, with an increase of 9.1%. The statistics show 19.41% climb in street crimes, including robbery, burglary, theft and carjacking, during last four years. As many as 135,280 cases were put on record in 2011 as compared to 113,289 in 2008. A sharp increase of 21.32% was seen during the first year of the PPP government as 113,289 such cases were reported in 2008 and 93,376 in 2007.
Heinous crimes — murder, kidnapping for ransom, highway robbery, bank dacoity, bank robbery, petrol pump looting and armed robbery — have increased by 69.51% during last four years as 62,961 cases were reported in 2011 as compared to 37,142 in 2008. As much as 8.48% increase was noted during 2010 and 2011 as 58,035 cases of heinous crime were recorded in 2010.
The incidents of vehicle lifting and snatching have been increasing in the country sharply. Over 15% increase in such offences have been recorded every year. The countrywide statistics revealed that as many as 40,103 vehicles were lifted or snatched in 2011, with an increase of 13.7%, as compared to 35,259 in 2010. Car theft cases have seen a phenomenal increase of 28.9% during last four years.
Carjacking has become the most profitable crime for the mafia. The influential mafia chiefs are operating their gangs under the supervision of political figures linked with different political parties, enjoying complete protection of police. Even these gangs are being operated from different jails of the country. The carjackers lifted or snatched 40,103 vehicles, worth Rs20 billion, in 2011.