LAHORE - A report based on comparative analysis of crimes incidents reported in the province in 2012 and 2013 respectively, was presented to Punjab Inspector General of Police Khan Baig on Friday.

The report also underlines the police during its special campaign against electricity-theft registered a total of 11,313 cases and arrested 11,640 accused persons including 82 officials of the electric supply companies. The challans of at least 8,732 accused were submitted in the courts while 2,424 cases are under investigation.

During the last three months, the police also registered a total of 838 cases of gas-theft and arrested 750 accused including 16 officials of the Sui-gas department.

According to the report, a total of 299,474 cases of crimes of different nature have been reported in the province during the first nine months of 2013 against 306,585 cases of crimes registered with the police in 2012.

The statistics show a considerable decrease in the incidents of crimes if compared with the previous year as police reported 7,111 crimes cases less than the previous year. The police submitted challans of 72 per cent cases out of total reported crimes and the conviction rate increased by 50 pre cent this year as compared to 2012.

Similarly, the police reported a total of 43,990 cases of crimes against person during the current year against the 47,768 case of crimes against person in 2012, which indicates a decrease of 3,778 cases of crimes against person. The police submitted in the courts the challans of 63 per cent cases of crimes against person.

The Punjab police reported a total of 79,664 cases of crimes against property in 2012 and this year the crime rate fell to a considerable extent which is evident from the fact that the police registered 74,861 cases of crimes against property during the first nine months of 2013, suggesting a decrease of 4,803 cases if compared with the previous year. The police submitted in the courts the challans of 43 per cent cases of crimes against property.

The rate of murder cases also dropped in 2013 as the police registered 4,754 cases of murder in the current year against 4,912 cases of murder reported in 2012. The statistics show a decrease of 158 cases of murder comparatively. The police submitted in the courts the challans of 66 per cent cases of murders which shows an increase of 26 per cent in the conviction rate.

The police reported 115 cases of kidnapping for ransom in 2012 which reduced to 105 in 2013 (-10) and the police submitted in the courts the challans of 64 per cent cases of abduction for ransom during the same period. This shows 25 per cent increase in the conviction rate.

A total of 2,070 cases of rape had been reported in 2012 during the first none months and this year such incidents decreased to 2,022. The police submitted in the courts the challans of 60 per cent cases of rape during the same period, which shows an increase of 12 per cent in the conviction rate.

The police reported 150 cases of gang rape during the first nine months of this year against the total 173 cases of gang-rape reported in 2012. The police submitted in the courts the challans of 57 per cent cases of gang-rape during the same period and the conviction rate increased by 21 per cent.

In 2013 the police have reported 1978 cases of dacoity against 2,383 cases registered in the province during the same period of 2012. The police submitted in the courts of the challans of 52 per cent cases and this year the conviction rate increased to 22 per cent.

The cases of robbery also decreased as the police reported 13246 cases of robberies in 2013 against 14052 cases reported in 2012. Similarly, the cases of cattle-theft also decreased to 5409 in 2013 against 6268 cases reported during the corresponding period in 2012 which show a decrease of 859 cases.

Similarly, the police arrested 74,047 proclaimed offenders (POs) in 2012 and this year the police have arrested 91,275 POs.

The report also highlights that the police recovered looted cash and valuables worth Rs 551.4 million in 2013 after registering 1978 cases of dacoity in which the victims were deprived of cash and valuables worth Rs 1344.8 million. Likewise, the police recovered looted cash and valuables worth Rs 823.5 million during this year after registering 13,246 cases of robberies.

The police also reported 15,712 cases of motor vehicle theft and recovered the stolen and snatched cars and motorcycles worth Rs 615.1 million.  During its crackdown against narcotics, the police seized 1022-kg heroin, 356-kg opium, and 14479-kg chars during the first nine months of this year.