Rise in email threats, social media offences, say police

These has been a rise in email threats and offences related to social networking websites, according to the Pune police.

Addressing the annual press conference of the Pune police on Thursday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Cell) Sanjay Shinde said email threats had increased from 26 in 2011 to 35 in 2012. Also, offences related to social networking sites increased from 55 in 2011 to 60 in 2012, he said. Nine cases of netbanking and credit card-related frauds were also reported in 2012. Shinde blamed the trend on "increased use of smartphones and social media". "There are nearly a thousand social media websites," he said.

According to police figures, cyber crime cases increased from 93 in 2011 to 108 in 2012. The number of arrests too increased from 43 in 2011 to 52 in 2012. Shinde said 390 cyber cafes were checked and action taken against 61 for different violations. Four cases of data theft, one related to job fraud and a case of source code theft were also solved by the cell and the Economic Offences Wing.

Shinde said the sole arrest in the hate videos circulated in the case of attack on Northeast students was made by the Pune police. He said 98 applications of cyber crimes against women were received in the last two years. "There were 200 insecure wi-fi connections in the city in 2011. Only eight such connections were observed in 2012," he said.

Meanwhile, in the last one year, offences affecting the human body have increased by 76, but the number of murders has reduced by one. Attempt to murder cases have increased by eight. The detection rate of murders has improved from 90 per cent in 2011 to 94 in 2012, while property-related offences reduced from 6,426 in 2011 to 5,951 in 2012.

There was a decrease in house break-ins in 2012. However, the number of house break-ins in day time increased by 25, while that during nights was down by 190. The detection rate of house break-ins in 2011 was 34 per cent, which came down to 26 per cent in 2012. Vehicle thefts have also reduced from 2,870 in 2011 to 2,604 in 2012. The detection rate in vehicle thefts, too, has decreased from 23 per cent in 2011 to 17 per cent in 2012. The number of other thefts have reduced from 4,704 in 2011 to 4,178 in 2012.

The number of offences related to narcotics substances increased from 87 in 2011 to 94 in 2012. The number of arrests in these cases also increased from 108 in 2011 to 131 in 2012. Brown sugar worth Rs 35 lakh was seized in 2012.

Commissioner Gulabrao Pol, meanwhile, said steps would be taken to strengthen the anti-terrorist cell of the city police. He said special training would be given to policemen attached to the cell.

Complainants, witnesses turn hostile in 2,914 cases, police start court monitoring system

Complainants and witnesses turned hostile in as many as 2,914 cases investigated by the Pune police in 2012. According to the police, of the total 9,305 cases that were cleared, accused in 2,408 cases were convicted in 2012. In the remaining 6,897 cases, 1,717 cases were be cleared because the complainants turned hostile and 1,197 cases were cleared as witnesses turned hostile. Hence, conviction came in only 25.87 per cent of the total cases. Pune police have now started a system to monitor the court trials and investigations of the crimes at different stages. Joint Commissioner of Police Sanjiv Kumar Singhal said the system aimed to increase the conviction rate.

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