Karnataka’s capital registered a dip in crime rates in most categories in the year compared to 2020. Coupled with a “war on drugs and rowdyism”, the city has become “safer” for its citizens over the last year, claimed City Police commissioner Kamal Pant on Friday. Data and graphs of crimes reported in Bangalore in the past three years, released by the city police on Friday. The chart shows that the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns had caused a dip in the crime rate in 2020, and the same trend was observed last year as well. The number of crimes reported in both the years, in many categories, is significantly lesser than in pre-pandemic 2019.
However, 2021 also witnessed some worrying trends. Last year the city saw an uptick in crimes against women and children. Crimes against children surpassed even pre-pandemic 2019 levels. The town reported around 450 crimes against children in 2021, compared to 333 in 2020. The crime increased by around 35%. Of the 450 cases reported last year, 375 patients were registered under the POCSO Act. In 2020 and 2019, there were 278 and 355 POCSO points. The city police registered 2,009 crimes against women, including 115 rape cases. However, last year compared to 1,821 in 2020 and 2,333 in 2019. Senior officials attributed this to better reporting 2021, which also took a hit in 2020.
Bangaluru saw more murders for gain and dacoities.
The capital city also saw more murders for gain and dacoities. Murders for gain doubled from four in 2020 to eight in 2021, which is higher than six in pre-pandemic 2019. The city registered 35 dacoities in 2021, up from 30 in 2020. According to officials, the number of robberies and chain snatching cases recorded a dip. There is a slight dip in the detection of these cases as well. The pandemic and lockdown wrecking the economy leading to job loss, crimes for money seem to have increased. Many fresh offenders with no history of crime commit crimes, making it tough to crack.
Commissioner Mr Pant said the city police have waged war on rowdyism and effectively controlled the menace. Rowdies used to demarcate areas and wage turf wars. With effective preventive policing, city police have arrested the danger. Some of them were functioning out of prisons as well. Police have shifted them out and disrupted their networks. While the rowdy-related murders came down to 12 in 2021, compared to 19 in 2020, the number of preventive cases booked against rowdy-sheeters has taken a giant leap. Ten have also banned entry into the city, apart from increasing the number of rowdy-sheeters booked under the Goonda Act.