ISLAMABAD- Despite claims made by the authorities concerned regarding decrease in crime rate, it is unfortunate that 75 per cent more cases of motor vehicles snatching were reported in January 2013 as compared to December 2012.

According to Free and Fair Election (FAFEN) report wherein 101 districts were monitored, 1,069 first information reports (FIRs) were filed in January 2013 as compared to 609 FIRs registered in December 2012. It is calculated that motor vehicle lifting cases also went up to 6 per cent as 1,501 cases were registered in January while 1,411 were filed a month ago.

Similarly, FAFEN governance monitors visited 101 different district police offices across Pakistan and reported a slight increase of 1 per cent in the registered FIRs which went up from 39,929 in December to 40,449 this month.

According to details the populated province Punjab stands first with highest reporting region with the ratio of 59 per cent of the total FIRs followed by Khyber Pukhtunkhaw (KPK) with the ratio of 24 per cent, Sindh stands at the third number with the ratio of 15 per cent, Balochistan took fourth position with the ratio of 1 per cent and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) stands on fifth position with the ratio of 0.5 per cent.

According to the report of the monitored districts, seven out of 10 reported crimes occurred in Punjab, two in KPK and one in Sindh. The most cases were filed in Lahore 5,037, followed by Peshawar, 2,427, and Faisalabad, 2,265.

As far as the other crimes pertaining to property are concerned, it is reported that about three times increase in the number of extortion cases (29) were observed in the current year as compared to only 8 such FIRs were filed in December 2012. Similarly, about 3,650 theft cases, 1474 robbery-cum-dacoity and 721 criminal encroachment cases were also reported.

According to the report, the total cases of crimes against women were 883 almost 5 per cent more than the 840 cases filed during December 2012. The highest increase was reported for cases of insult to modesty as 42 cases were reported in January as compared to 8 cases in the previous month the report said.

Similarly, the report said that 359 FIRs of forced marriages, 220 complaints about attack on modesty, 159 rape cases and 72 offences relating to marriage were also filed. It is a positive sign that cases of offences relating to marriage reported 35% less this month as compared to 110 in December 2012 the report said. Furthermore, 31 FIRs of honour killings were filed  as compared to the registered cases of same offence were 27 last month.

Likewise 3505, cases of crimes involving physical harm out of these most cases were of hurt 1306 followed by murder cases 950 and 877 attempts of murder cases reported. The Murder cases reported with an increase of 9 % as compared to last month’s 871 cases were reported. However, hurt and attempted murder reported a drop of 17 % and 2 % respectively the report said.

A total of 2883 cases of threat and fraud crimes were registered out of which the highest were filed for counterfeiting currency notes as 1541 cases were about currency forgery. Similarly, 504 cases were of cheating and 496 of criminal breach of trust. Cases of offences against public tranquillity reported a major increase in FIRs they increased from 56 to 130 from December to January this year the report said.