Bengaluru pips Mumbai to become 2nd-most crime prone metro

Bengaloreans have reasons to worry — the silicon city of India has now surpassed Mumbai to become the second-most crime prone metro in the country.

This is when Mumbai, where the underworld too run their own show, has reported a decline in number of criminal incidents at a time Bengaluru has a rise in numbers.

The ‘Crime in India 2016’ report also show that Bengaluru is only second to Delhi among 19 metros having a population of more than 20 lakh in cases of murder and dowry deaths among others.

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Bengaluru has reported 45,797 crime cases registered under Indian Penal Code in 2016 while the topper Delhi has 1.99 lakh and Mumbai 39,617, according to the report prepared by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) and released on Thursday.

The Karnataka capital has been reporting a sharp increase in crimes the past few years. While it was 31,892 cases in 2014, it rose to 35,576 cases in 2015. Last year’s figure for Bengaluru is an increase of 10,221 while Mumbai has registered a decline of 3,323 cases.

While police officials tend to attribute the rise in numbers to better registration of cases, citizens believe that there is not much change in the ground.

It is again not Mumbai or any other metro but Bengaluru which is second when it comes to murder. Delhi (479 cases) reported the highest number of murders followed by Bengaluru with (229 cases) and Patna with (195 cases). Mumbai had 147 such cases.

The city also figures in top-five in cases of rapes. While Bengaluru reported 321 rapes, Delhi had the highest at 1,996 followed by Mumbai (712), Pune (354) and Jaipur (330).

According to the report, Delhi (5,453 cases) reported the highest number of cases of kidnapping and abduction while Mumbai had 1,876 and Bengaluru 879 such cases.

On cases under offence against public tranquillity, which included rioting, promoting enmity among groups and others, Bengaluru (491 cases) was second behind Patna (565) while Chennai (547) was at third.

Minors in Bengaluru were also among the most targeted as the city ranked third with 1,333 cases of crime against children after Delhi (7,392) and Mumbai (3,400).

Thieves and robbers also appear to have a free run in this city if one goes by the statistics. Of the 2.60 lakh cases reported under offences against property, theft cases accounted for 1.94 lakh. Maximum of theft cases occurred in Delhi (1.26,467) followed by Bengaluru (10,578) and Mumbai (9,839).

One’s vehicles are also not safe in Delhi and Bengaluru compared to other metros.

(An edited version appeared in Deccan Herald on Dec 1, 2017)

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