Marginal dip in murders in Mumbai but spurt in elderly killings

While Mumbai witnessed a sudden spurt in senior citizens' murders in 2011, annual crime statistics released by the Mumbai Police revealed that the overall number of murders in the city went down marginally last year. While 227 murder cases were registered in 2010, the number decreased to 202 in 2011.

Figures released for other crimes in 2011 did not show a significant change from the number of cases registered in 2010, except in some specific offences. While there was an increase in crimes against women, robberies and motor vehicle thefts in 2011, there was also a decrease in the number of chain-snatchings. There were 1,666 chain-snatchings in 2011 compared to 2,044 registered in 2010.

The police also uncovered a trend in which most persons accused of killing senior citizens in 2011 were known to the victims. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy said 16 cases of senior citizen murders were reported in the city in 2011.

"Of the 16 cases, five were committed by relatives, eight by known persons and three by strangers. We have detected all cases of senior citizen murders registered and have been successful in reducing the overall number of murders in the city," said Roy.

The overall crime rate in the city, too, has gone down marginally, according to official figures. While 33,645 cases were registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code in 2010, 32,191 cases were registered in 2011.

The statistics also show that the south and north regions of the city were the least crime prone, with the western, central and eastern suburbs continuing to figure high on the crime list. In 2011, the western region saw 9,323 cases being registered, while the central and eastern regions saw 6,988 and 6,114 cases being registered respectively. The number of cases registered in the northern and southern part of the city were 6,105 and 3,617 respectively.

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