Crime heads north in city, cops caught off-guard; fail to keep up

The number of abduction cases in Chandigarh has increased almost four times as compared to last year while rape cases have nearly tripled and snatching incidents have risen significantly. While the Chandigarh Police has been able to arrest the accused in 27 of the 29 rape cases registered this year, it has failed to solve more than one third of the burglary cases reported till June.

As compared to last year, (till June, 2012) a total of 123 burglary cases were reported. This year, the number rose to 146. Police, however, have only been able to solve 47 of these cases.

It is a similar situation in regard to the snatching incidents. Of the 112 such cases registered this year, arrests have been made only in 50 of them.

In comparison, police have better track record when it comes to solving cases of abduction; 108 of these cases have been crack against the 143 reported till June this year.

On the other hand, police have been largely unsuccessful in nabbing thieves. Of the 376 theft cases, only 195 have been worked out by the men in khaki.

It gets worse when it comes to cases of motor vehicle theft. Consider this: a total of 443 motor vehicle theft cases have been registered by the police till June. Of these, only 141 (one third) have been solved.

The number of such cases, as compared to last year, though has not seen a significant jump (last year the number of such cases was 433).

Of the 34 robbery cases reported, 27 have been solved this year while the Chandigarh Police have cracked 26 of the 29 cases of attempt to murder.

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