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Punjab witnesses 10.2% increase in crime ratio

23 February, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The crime rate in Punjab registered a sharp increase during the year 2011 by 10.2% as compared to 2010 with a viciously strong 'Thana Culture'.

These findings present a stark challenge to a government, which has staked its credibility on its ability to tackle crime. The statistics, showing phenomenal increase during last four years, indicate that the Punjab government has compromised with the 'Thana Culture' against its claim, which caused increase in the crime ratio, a top police officer of Punjab stated.

The Punjab government has been pathetic in checking crime as it failed to control the upward trend in felonies as 419,690 cases were reported in 2011, with an increase of 10.2%, against 380,737 in 2010. While the statistics indicate the overall 21.6% increase during the four-year rule of the sitting government in Punjab (2008 to 2011) as 344,921 cases were reported in 2008.

Heinous crimes, including killing, kidnapping for ransom, highway robbery, bank robbery and petrol pump looting, increased by 13.19% in 2011 (43,192) as compared to the 38,156 such cases in 2010.

The total recorded crime in 2008 and 2009 was 374,076 and 383,383 respectively, with an increase of 2.487%, as against 380,737 and 419,690 in 2010 and 2011 respectively. The statistics point out a gradual upward trend in Punjab with 12.193% increase from 2008 to 2011.

A disturbing indication was seen in a research that vehicle lifting and snatching incidents increased by 94.64% during the last four years, as 13,442 cases were reported in 2007 and 26,164 in 2011. While a phenomenal increase of vehicle theft was found from its first year 2008 to the fourth year 2011 by 60.09% as 16,343 vehicles were stolen and snatched in 2008 and 26,164 in 2011, which shows apathy of the Punjab government towards chalking out a strategy for combating this crime.

The carjacking offences, which have become a business due to government's lack of concern, also saw a sharp rise in 2011 with 22% increase as compared to 2010. Rawalpindi shared a major portion in mounting up vehicle theft incidents in the Punjab statistics.

The crime figures show another alarming indicator of phenomenal 13.8% increase in 'crime against property,' as 91,601 cases were recorded in 2010 and 104,242 in 2011 with a difference of 12,641 in figures of two years.

The crime figures of Punjab mentioned an upward trend in every offence in the category of 'crime against property,' indicating 3.6% increase in highway dacoities (from 84 to 87), 100% rise in bank dacoities (11 in 2010 and 22 in 2011), 53.8% increase in petrol pump dacoities (from 13 to 20), 30.4% climb in the figure of other dacoities (from 2,432 to 3,172), highway robberies went up by 20.1% (214 to 257), 151.6% increase was recorded in petrol pump robberies (31 to 78), other robberies went up from 12,545 in 2010 to 14,958 in 2011 with 19.2% increase, upward trend in burglaries was recorded with 13.3% (13,029 cases in 2010 and 14,764 in 2011), cattle theft incidents increased by 5.7% (from 7,847 to 8,297) motor vehicle theft-snatching rose by 22% (from 21,448 to 26,164) and other theft cases recorded an increase of 7.3% as 33,932 cases were reported in 2010 and 36,400 in 2011.

The comparison of yearly crime statistics of Punjab exposed 47.34% rise in reported theft cases during the PML-N regime and 69.62% increase in burglary incidents, as 24,704 theft cases were reported in 2007 as compared to 36,400 in 2011, while 8,704 incidents of burglary were lodged in 2007 and 14,764 in 2011.

As much as 5.1% rise in offences falling in the category of 'crime against person' was seen. There was 26% increase in kidnapping for ransom incidents, which was 146 in 2010 and 184 in 2011, adding 38 cases to the crime figure. The rise in kidnapping or abduction cases was 8.8% (from 13,820 to 15,035). However gang rape incidents decreased by 5.1% as 237 cases were reported in 2010 and 225 in 2011. Rape cases increased by 5.8% from 2,578 in 2010 to 2,672 in 2011. While 17.48% increase in 'crime against person' was indicated during the last four years (46,786 cases were reported in 2007 and 56,701 in 2011).

As many as 6,459 persons were murdered in 2011 as compared to 6,030 in 2010 with 7.1% increase, while 7,772 incidents of murder attempt were reported in 2011 and 7,396 in 2010 with 5.1% rise, the crime figures report indicates. The comparison statement indicates 96.44% increase in murder cases, as 3,288 murders were reported in 2007 and 6,459 in 2011.


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