Delhi records two-fold rise in street crimes

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New Delhi: Delhi has registered almost two- fold rise in street crimes like robbery, snatching, burglary and other cases in 2014 as compared to previous year.

According to the Delhi Police, it has been a steep rise in number of street crimes in the national capital as such cases increased from 33,997 in 2013 to 96,922 in 2014. The biggest rise of 458.77% was registered in robberies which rose from 1106 in 2013 to 6180 in 2014 followed by house theft and burglary which recorded a hike of 327 and 289% respectively. The number of cases of snatching also grew by almost 100% from 3316 in 2013 to 6944 in 2014.

Police said that in the last year, 78 dacoity cases were registered with a rise of over 151%, even as the numbers of such crime was only 31 in 2013. Police officials accept that in most of these street crimes, complainants were earlier turned away at police stations to keep crime graph down. “Capital also witnessed 59.94% increase in numbers of vehicle theft in 2014 while it was 13895 in 2013. Besides, 39570 and 10302 other thefts were recorded in 2014 and 2013 respectively,” police’ annual report stated.

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