Lahore: Crime rate increases by 33pc
LAHORE: The ratio of heinous crime incidents, including robbery, rose up to 33 percent during the first two months of the current year as compared to that of last year in Punjab province, The News has learnt. Lahore City has topped all other districts of the province as the killing of innocent people during dacoity bids has become a routine matter.
The official data of all reported crime incidents in the province, available with The News, shows that the incidents of dacoity, including motor vehicle snatching, have shoot up to 33 percent as around 529 such cases were reported during the first two months of 2011 whereas this figure rose up to 706 in the corresponding period in 2012.
The incidents of robbery, including motor vehicle snatching, have increased up to 9 percent as around 3,210 such cases were reported in 2011 whereas around 3,506 such incidents were reported in 2012.
The incidents of motor vehicle snatching have also increased by 21 percent with a difference of 223 reported incidents. In 2011, around 1,048 incidents of vehicle snatching were reported and in 2012 around 1,271 such incidents were reported. The incidents of motor vehicle theft have increased by three percent with a difference of 111 incidents. In 2011, around 3,340 such incidents were reported whereas in 2012 around 3,451 such incidents were reported. In Lahore, the police jurisdictions of Defence, Garden Town and Ghalib Market have become safe havens for car lifters and the authorities concerned have badly failed to curtail this heinous crime. The incidents of burglary have increased by four percent with a difference of 107 reported incidents. In 2011 around 2,590 incidents of burglary were reported whereas in 2012 around 2,697 such incidents were reported. The incidents of theft under Section 382 of PPC have also increased by 17 percent with a different of 60 incidents during the corresponding period in 2011 and 2012.
Moreover, the incidents of rape have increased by three percent, incidents of abduction by seven percent, murder by seven percent and hurt by four percent. During the last two weeks of the current month, robbers killed three persons, including a police constable and left 15 people wounded on resistance in different areas of the provincial metropolis besides depriving them of valuables worth millions of rupees in over 350 incidents.
Out of the total reported incidents around 83 motorcycles and 55 cars were also snatched or stolen. According to the details available with this correspondent, City police division was calculated on top with 83 reported incidents out of which 26 motorcycles and 14 cars were also stolen or snatched. Robbers killed a woman and shot at and wounded her mother and two sisters on resistance in the Shahdra police area. Robbers also shot at and wounded three people, identified as Akram, Tahir and Jan Muhammad, in Shahdara Town during a robbery bid. Misri Shah police proved safe haven for the bike lifters.
Model Town division was calculated on the second number with 76 reported incidents out of which 19 motorcycles and 17 cars were also stolen or snatched. Ghalib Market and Garden Town police seemed to have provided free hand to car lifters as mostly car lifting incidents were reported in these police stations. Cantt police division was calculated on the third number with 65 reported incidents out of which nine motorcycles and 14 cars were also stolen or snatched. A police constable named Tahir was killed and his brother and two others were injured by the robbers on resistance in separate localities. Most of the incidents of car stealing were reported in Defence-A, B and Ghaziabad police stations. One of the car theft victims named Imran told this correspondent that car lifters struck in the early morning and lifted applied for cars. He said that his car was lifted on February 21, 2012 and a case, number 137/12, was registered by Defence-B police station. However, police have failed to recover it so far. He was of the view that local police and security system of the housing society have badly failed to curtail the incidents of car lifting despite the availability of CCTV cameras. He claimed that around 40 to 50 cars were lifted from Defence police limits during the first two months of the current year.
The victims have demanded the Punjab chief minister compensate their losses otherwise they would take to the streets.
They also complained about the lack of coordination between SPs of operations, investigations and CRO which is resulting in poor recovery ratio of stolen vehicles. Defence police had arrested three accused car lifters last week but could recover only 10 cars from them out of many. Iqbal Town division was calculated on the fourth number with 60 reported incidents out of which 17 motorcycles and four cars were also stolen or snatched. Two people, Talib and Hashmat, were also injured on resistance.
Sadar police division was calculated on the fifth number with 50 reported incidents out of which seven motorcycles and three cars were also stolen or snatched. Robbers killed a passerby and left three others, including his four years old daughter, seriously injured.
Police retaliated and killed one robber while their five accomplices managed to escape from the scene. Johar Town police had also killed two accused robbers in a “real encounter” in the last week on Saturday.