Islamabad - Islamabad police have recorded a considerable decline in crime rate, particularly in the incidents of vehicle theft.

The local police claimed the crackdown against car thieves have started yielding fruit as it claimed 50 percent reduction in incidents of vehicle theft in the year 2015 in the limits of the federal capital as compared to the year 2014. According to the data available with The Nation, 673 vehicles were stolen from the city during the year 2014; however, the figure was recorded at 334 during the first 10 months of year 2015. Out of the stolen vehicles, the police also recovered 168 vehicles including 89 motorcycles — a rare performance in recent past.

On the other hand, incidents of murder stood almost at the same number recorded during the previous year; over 100. However, the police arrested 114 accused involved in 54 murder cases including 24 blind murder cases.

A PRO of Islamabad police told The Nation that Islamabad police are striving hard to control crime in the city. “The efforts on part of police are reflected in the crime graph for the current year. Police would continue crackdown on the anti-social elements,” he added.

Separately, Islamabad police have arrested eight outlaws for their alleged involvement in various dacoities and looting picnickers, a police spokesman said yesterday. According to details, Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of Islamabad police was assigned task by senior police officials to nab those involved in various dacoity incidents. Following this assignment, the SP (investigation) constituted special teams which worked hard and succeeded to nab six dacoits for their alleged involvement in dacoities in various areas of the city. They have been identified as Aftab Shah, Khizer Javed, Nauman, Naqash, Saadat and Ajab Khan. Police recovered weapons as well as looted and snatched items from their possession while further investigation is under way.

Meanwhile, Kohsar police nabbed Noor and Afzal who were involved in looting picnickers at Daman-e-Koh. Police also recovered weapons from them and further investigation is also under way from them.