The North-Eastern Range comprising the three districts of Kalaburagi, Bidar and Yadgir saw a drop in the overall reported crime as compared to the last three years, said Inspector-General of Police (North Eastern Range) Alok Kumar.
Mr. Alok Kumar, who has been posted as Inspector-General of Police (North Range), addressing presspersons at the annual round-up here on Tuesday, said that cases of dacoity, chain snatching, house break-in and murders witnessed a decrease in 2016. He said that various preventive measures and active policing helped reduce the crime rate.
As many as 132 murder cases were registered in 2017, against 149 in 2016 and 150 in 2015. The number of dacoity cases has fallen from a high of 416 in 2015 and 336 in 2016 to 271 in 2017 in the three districts. There is a perceptible decline in chain-snatching incidents, Mr. Alok Kumar said and added that from 42 and 37 cases of chain-snatching reported in 2015 and 2016, respectively, it came down to seven during 2017.
There was a negligible increase in extortion cases every year; about 55 extortion cases were reported in 2015, it went up to 57 and 59 during 2016 and 2017, respectively.
In 2015, 766 cases of motor vehicle accidents were reported while in 2016, it came down to 750. The number of accident cases reported in 2017 was 758. “As there are important State and National Highways in our jurisdiction, we had taken security steps to curb accidents,” Mr. Alok Kumar added.
Over the past three years, there have been 1,840 detentions under the PD Act. While the number was 731 in 2015, it decreased to 579 cases in 2016 and 530 cases in 2017.
With each successive year, the Range police have increased their haul of seized narcotics. A glance at the statistics shows that intoxicant seizure cases have increased from 13 in 2015 to 21 in 2017.
From November 24 to December 31 this year, the traffic police collected Rs. 96 lakh and registered 85,844 cases in the three districts for violation of traffic rules. Of these cases, 52,895 cases were registered for not wearing helmet.
Mr. Alok Kumar said that the North-Eastern Range police and North Range police would jointly take steps to prevent illegal firearms trade in parts of North Karnataka region.