Islamabad - The robbers have been striking twice a day on average in the federal capital for the last five years and the crime continues to haunt the residents.

According to the official figures, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) police registered a total of 1,711 cases of robbery and 2,864 of theft during the last five year i.e. January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2015.

The crime has witnessed a decline in the last year as compared to the previous four years, the figures suggest.

In the year 2015, 317 cases of robbery were registered at different police stations as compared to 406 in 2014, 463 in 2013, 299 in 2012 and 226 in 2011.

On the other hand, different police stations of ICT registered 430 cases of theft in 2015 as compared to 543 in 2014, 680 in 2013, 598 in 2012 and 613 in 2011, showing a declining trend under both the heads.

The official sources are of the view that the crime has become a source of livelihood for the unemployed. Increase in population, poverty and unemployment is one of reasons attributed to these offences.

On the other side, the local police have taken different steps to control the crime within the ICT limits including introduction of beat system, establishment of pickets and surveillance of the convicts.

Margalla police station remained atop under both the heads i.e. robbery and theft with registering 191 cases of robbery and 235 cases of theft during the last five years.

According to the figures, I-Area police registered 169 cases of robbery followed by 69 at police station Aabpara, 35 at police station Secretariat, 73 at police station Kohsar, 52 at police station Bhara Kahu, 30 at police station Banigala, 92 at police station Shehzad Town, 25 at police station Khanna, 54 at police station Nilore, 89 at police station Koral, 75 at police station Sihala, 66 at police station Lohi Bher, 27 at police station Karachi Company, 103 at police station Golra Sharif, 114 at police station Tarnol, 128 at police station Shalimar, 88 at police station Ramana, 127 at police station Sabzi Mandi, 50 at police station Noon and 49 at police station Shamas Colony.

The cases registered under the head of theft at different police stations included 167 at police station Aabpara, 90 at police station Women, 110 at police station Secretariat, 133 at police station Kohsar, 102 at police station Bharakahu, 90 at police station Banigala, 133 at police station Shehzad Town, 125 at police station Khanna, 122 at police station Nilore, 179 at police station Koral, 175 at police station Sihala, 199 at police station Lohi Bher, 119 at police station Karachi Company, 113 at police station Golra Sharif, 111 at police station Tarnol, 138 at police station Shalimar, 109 at police station Ramana, 105 at police station Sabzi Mandi, 70 at police station Noon and 75 at police station Shamas Colony. Out of the total 1,711 cases of robbery, 745 cases are still under investigation at different police stations. Similarly, 600 cases of theft out of the total registered 2,864 are still under investigation.

It is to mention here that most of street crimes go unregistered due to police’s reluctance in registering such cases.