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In 2017, criminal activities in Delhi increased by 12 per cent

NEW DELHI: Crimes in the national capital has increased by 12 per cent in 2017, with the police saying that factors like economic disparity, consumerism and unplanned urbanisation have a bearing on the rising figures.
The police said the increase in the number of cases registered is due to fair registration of crimes, online registration of FIRs pertaining to property thefts and motor vehicle robbery and registration of FIRs on all complaints of women.
However, the Delhi Police records show that henious crimes in the city under major heads like rapes, murders have declined. The increase in motor vehicle thefts continues to be an area of concern for the police.
According to the data shared by Delhi Police, 2,23,075 cases were registered in 2017 as opposed to 1,99,110 in 2016.
The total Indian Penal Code crimes per lakh of population during 2017 was 1,263 in comparison to 1,137 in 2016.
Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik said that "socio-economic disparities" are a significant criminogenic factor, coupled with other issues. "The socio-economic disparities between the opulent and the less affluent are a significant criminogenic factor, and the resultant youth impatience, driven by a pronounced get- rich-quick penchant, gets discernibly reflected in delinquent street demeanour," Patnaik said.
The Delhi Police chief said the issues of women's safety and the menace of street crime demanded a focused strategy. With incidents of terror occurring frequently across the globe, anti-terror measures were also on the top of their list, he added. Patnaik said that their focus last year was on preventive policing rather than reactive policing.
"Beat-in-focus policing, identification of active criminals and effective surveillance on them, high-visibility of police on streets etc. led to a reduction in heinous crimes by 23.43 per cent last year. Crimes like robberies and snatchings also declined," he said.
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