While the incidence of thefts and robbery in the city decreased in 2013 compared to the previous year, the detection rate of cases including robbery, night-time break-ins, chain snatching and kidnapping was also lower. However, serious crime incidents increased in 2013, with a marginal on-year increase in overall detection rates, reveals city police data.
According to the annual crime report of the Ahmedabad city police, as many as 3,451 thefts were reported in calendar year 2013, of which 886 were detected, while 3,621 such cases were reported and 917 detected in the earlier year. This shows an on-year decrease of 170 cases including vehicle theft and pickpocketing among others. The detection rate of vehicle thefts, which account for a majority of such cases, stood at 17.65% in 2013, slightly lower than the 19.35% rate in the year earlier. At the same time, there were 162 less vehicle thefts in 2013 than in 2012.
The report stated that robbery incidents including chain snatching and others, as well as house break-ins and dacoity decreased from 1,327 in 2012 to 1,273 cases in 2013, lower by 53 cases.
However, there was a decline in the detection rate of chain snatchings, from 29.46% in 2012 to 22.26% in 2013, it stated.
Explaining this, city commissioner of police Shivanand Jha said: “The decrease in such theft and robbery cases can be attributed to overall higher policing including checking and city-wide patrolling in the night as well as during daytime. We also deployed plain-clothes policemen in areas where robberies and snatchings were reported, to curb further incidents among other preventive measures.”
Increasing visibility of the police on the street can detract perpetrators from committing crime, he added. There was also a marginal increase in murder cases from 91 in 2012 to 96 in 2013, while cases of kidnapping increased from 231 in 2012 to 458 last year. When asked about the same, Jha said: “We will analyse these cases to build a database of the accused and their techniques as well as weapons used to put in force special policing for preventing the same in the coming year”.
Overall, 12,148 serious crimes were reported in 2013, which stood at 11,773 for 2012, an increase of 375 cases. However, the detection rate of serious crimes stood at 67.49% last year, slightly better than the 66.25% rate in 2012, the report stated.