Islamabad: Rise in FIRs for motor vehicle theft: FAFEN
ISLAMABAD: Cases of motor vehicle attempt murder increased in the March–May quarter with 39 cases reported per district in May alone, as compared to the 32 cases recorded in the preceding month, a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report stated on Tuesday. The report said that Lahore had the most number of recorded cases at 742, while Faisalabad was a distant second with 234 reported incidents. FAFEN’s observers visited offices of 86 District Police Officers (DPOs) to collect data on First Information Reports (FIRs) registered for 27 offences falling under the Pakistan Penal Code.
There were also 721 cases of motor vehicle snatching registered in 52 districts. Of these, 458 were filed in 26 districts of Punjab, 229 in 16 Sindh districts, 27 in four districts of Balochistan and seven in six districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).
The observers learnt that as many as 7,619 FIRs were registered for crimes relating to property. Of these, theft constituted 32 percent, followed by motor vehicle lifting (27 percent), robbery and dacoity (24 percent), motor vehicle snatching (9 percent), criminal trespass (6 percent) and extortion and criminal misappropriation of property (less than 1 percent each).
In the month under review, a total of 45,448 FIRs were lodged in the monitored districts. Sixty-three percent of the FIRs were filed for offences grouped as ‘other crimes’, followed by those pertaining to property (17 percent), crimes ensuing physical harm (11 percent), threat and fraud (7 percent) and crimes against women (3 percent).
A region-wise analysis showed that Punjab had the most FIRs reported (63 percent), followed by KP (21 percent), Sindh (14 percent) and Balochistan and Islamabad Capital Territory (1 percent each).
The report said that only crimes resulting in physical harm saw an overall increase in the quarter, which escalated from 48 FIRs per district in April to 58 in May. 4,989 FIRs lodged for hurt (47 percent), attempted murder (25 percent), murder (20 percent), accidental death, qatl-i-khata, (5 percent), accidental death, qatl–bis-sabab, (2 percent), illegal confinement (2 percent) and terrorism (less than 1 percent).
Out of the total FIRs for threat and fraud, 58 percent were for counterfeiting currency, cheating (19 percent), criminal breach of trust (12 percent), offences against public tranquillity (6 percent), criminal intimidation (5 percent) and five for fraudulent deeds and dispossession of property.
Besides, 1,226 FIRs were also lodged for crimes against women. These included FIRs for forced marriages (32 percent), outraging modesty by assault or criminal force (30 percent), and rape (22 percent) and honour killings (4 percent).