Property stolen in city means itís gone

Recovery rate plunges to 11 per cent in 2011.

Police managed to recover only 11 per cent of stolen property in 2011.

Data complied by NGO Praja Foundation suggests of the 975 cases of criminal misappropriation registered in Mumbai last year, recoveries were made in only 344. The value of the recoveries was 5 per cent of the stolen property.

Criminal breach of trust was another area that had a poor rate of recovery. Mumbai Police registered 485 cases but recovered stolen property in only 218.

In cases of theft, dacoity and robbery, too, the rate was less than 50 per cent.

Only in cases of possession of stolen property, such as jewellers buying from chain-snatchers, the recovery was 100 per cent. Recoveries were made in all 23 cases registered in 2011.

Joint commissioner of police (law and order) Sadanand Date declined comment.

"I cannot comment on what has been released to the press. I will have to go through the (Praja) statistics as well as those maintained by police."

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