23pc decline in crime rate witnessed during 2016

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Staff Reporter

Islamabad—Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Islamabad Sajid Kiani Thursday said 23 per cent decrease has been witnessed in crime rate during 2016 as compared to 2015. He said massive crackdown against absconders, criminal elements and search operation against suspects was launched during this period. He said it is for the first time that some district in the country has witnessed decrease in crime rate.
SSP (Operations) said 85 murder cases were registered in 2016 while 105 were reported in 2015; one case of kidnapping for ransom in 2016 as compared to eight in 2015; 17 dacoity cases in 2016 and 30 in 2015. Islamabad police arrested 1866 accused during the ongoing year for their alleged involvement in various crime cases besides recovery of cache of weapons, narcotics and looted items worth over Rs 417 million from them. According to details, Islamabad police devised effective strategy to enhance policing measures in the city for ensuring protection to the lives and property of the citizens and special efforts were made to curb activities of anti-social elements and achieved significant success.
Similarly, 240 cases of car theft were reported in 2016 as compared to 346 in 2016; 259 street crime cases in 2016 and 305 in 2015; 243 burglary cases in 2016 and 254 in 2015.