LAHORE - The Punjab Police last year reported at least 405,895 crime cases, including 3992 cases of murder and some 13,000 cases related to armed robberies.

The latest police data suggests a record increase in incidents of “crime against person” during the previous year as compared to 2016. The surge in violence was attributed to the sudden rise in incidents of abduction, kidnapping for ransom, rape and attempted murder.  Similarly, in the category of crime against property, the police registered an increase in incidents of burglary, theft, vehicle theft and robberies.

The provincial police registered at least 405,895 crime cases from January to December in 2017 while in 2016 the police had reported at least 408,283 cases during the corresponding period. The official record reveals that the police investigators failed to trace at least 21,145 crime cases reported across the province during the last year. More than 29,743 cases are still under investigation.

According to the police data, at least 49,027 cases were registered under the head of crime against person in 2017 as compared to 50,388 such cases reported during the same period in 2016. Similarly, the police last year registered at least 79,176 cases in the category of crime against property as compared to 80,319 such cases reported during the same period in 2016.

MURDER: The incidents of murder registered a slight decrease in 2017 as compared to 2016. At least 3,992 murder cases were reported from January to December across the Punjab province. However, the police had reported at least 4,112 murder cases in 2016. The provincial police also declared at least 177 murder cases as untraceable.

ATTEMPTED MURDER: The police also registered 4,398 attempted murder cases against the 4,564 such incidents reported with the police in 2016. Police investigators were unable to solve many blind murder cases. In the category of blind murder, several victims were women and children who were found brutally murdered in different parts of the province.

KIDNAPPINGS: The police during the last year reported at least 13,618 abduction cases. However, the provincial police had reported 17,088 kidnapping cases in 2016. Most of the victims were said to be women and young girls who were abducted by gunmen. Also, the Punjab police registered at least 41 cases of kidnapping for ransom last year. In 2016, at least 35 such cases were registered with the police under the head of kidnapping for ransom.

RAPE/GANG RAPE: At least 2,980 rape cases were registered with the provincial police from January to December in 2017 while during the matching period in 2016 the police had reported 2,942 rape cases.

Similarly, at least 190 cases of gang rape were registered by police in 2017 against 223 such cases reported in 2016. The police also failed to trace criminals involved in at least four gang-rape caseS and six cases of rape during the previous year.

In 2017, the police registered 7,870 cases under the head of “others” in the category of crime against person while in 2016 the police had reported 8,090 cases under the head of other crimes against person.

DACOITIES: The police last year reported at least 692 cases of dacoities (involving five or more than five gunmen) against 951 such cases registered with the provincial police in 2016. The police in 2017 failed to trace at least 46 cases of dacoities.

ROBBERIES: The new police data shows that at least 12,325 armed robberies were reported during the last year against 13,675 such cases reported during the corresponding period in 2016. Also, the police failed to trace 1897 cases of armed robberies in 2017.

BURGLARY: At least 10,978 cases of burglary were reported by the police last year against 11,627 such cases registered during the same period in 2016.

THEFT: The provincial police in 2017 registered 1,482 theft cases against 1,375 theft cases reported during the corresponding period in 2016. The police also claimed a considerable decrease in cattle theft cases this year as compared to the previous year. According to police, at least 4,937 cattle theft cases were registered in 2017 in Punjab, while the police had reported 5,380 such cases during the same period in 2016.

MOTOR VEHICLE SNATCHING: The police in 2017 reported at least 3,410 cases of motor vehicle snatching, while during the same period in 2016 the police had reported 3,857 such cases. As far as the motor-vehicle theft is concerned, the police reported 15,474 cases against 16,042 cases of motor vehicle theft reported during the same period in 2016.  In Punjab, auto-lifting has become a booming business. More than 20,000 citizens are deprived of their vehicles every year. Less than 10 per cent of the total snatched or stolen vehicles are recovered by police annually, and thousands of auto-lifting cases are declared by police as “untraceable”.

SHOOTOUTS: The Punjab police killed more than 269 alleged criminals during ‘armed encounters’ in 2017 as compared to 340 criminals killed in shootouts with police during the corresponding period in 2016.

Also, at least 17 policemen lost their lives and 60 others were wounded while fighting criminals in 2017. However, at least 25 police had died and 42 others were wounded while fighting back criminals in 2016.

Meanwhile, the cases reported by police under the head of “local and special laws violations” also registered a slight decrease in 2017 as compared to 2016. The Punjab police reported 148,039 cases in the category of local and special law violations while in 2016 at least 150,574 cases had been registered under this head. The police also reported at least 129,653 cases of crime under the head of Miscellaneous Laws against 103,821 cases reported in this category in 2016.

The conviction and acquittal rate however improved comparatively. At least 86,624 persons were convicted during the last year while at least 69,069 persons were convicted in various cases during the same period in 2016. Also, at least 71,449 persons were acquitted in 2017 while at least 70,057 persons had been acquitted in different cases in 2016.