Robberies on roads, burglaries at homes and break-ins at shops — outlaws of a lesser kind have continued their romp in the capital, keeping Ranchi police on their toes all year long, even though the number of uglier crimes like murder, abduction and rape have seen a distinct downslide.
In 2011, a total of 5,488 criminal cases were registered at various police stations across the city. The corresponding figure this year has dropped to 4,480 (records available till October), marking an improvement in policing by almost 19 per cent.
But, petty crimes haven’t spared the men in khaki a minute of reprieve. Against 24 cases of road/highway robberies last year, Ranchi notched a higher score of 32 till October 2012. Similarly, the number of house raids, which was 17 in 2011, rose by a digit this year.
There have been little let-up in thefts and shop loots as well. A total of 2,157 cases were registered in Ranchi last year, including 1,149 involving missing vehicles. The corresponding figure till October this year is 1,950, including 950 vehicle thefts. People in the know claim that the numbers will only swell by the year-end.
City sentinels are, however, glad that they have been able to check kidnappings, murders, rapes and dowry deaths to a great extent.
In the current year (till October), 12 women became victims of fatal dowry torment, while in 2011, their number was 19. Again, while 162 abductions were reported last year, the number dropped to 125 so far this year. And against 218 killings, 2012 has seen 162 murders till date. The number of rapes has also gone down from 84 to 66.
According to SSP Saket Kumar Singh, there have been fewer dacoities in the last leg of the year too.
“If you see the month-wise trend, there have been two to three cases till September, but just one each in October and November,” he said.
On why police were unable to rein in small-time criminals, the senior police officer said: “Let’s be very honest here. All petty crimes cannot be controlled because they rarely follow a trend like bigger ones. But, still I would like to say that roughly more than 70 per cent cases have been detected and the culprits nailed. Patrolling has been intensified too.”
He added that though the number of small crimes had not climbed alarmingly, it called for attention. “We will ensure that this crime graph goes south. Effective detection and arrest of culprits will help us achieve the goal.”