NEW DELHI: Delhi has earned the dubious distinction of being the least safe among all the metros. It reported the highest crime rate (974.9) under Indian Penal Code (IPC) crimes as a Union Territory followed by Kerala (727.6) and Madhya Pradesh (337.9) against the national average of 233.6. The figures were revealed by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) crime data for 2016 released here on Thursday.
Delhi reported nearly 40 per cent of rape cases and nearly 29 per cent of cruelty by husband and his relatives, and dowry deaths.
Delhi accounted for 38.8 per cent of total crimes under Indian Penal Code (IPC) reported in cities with a population of 20 lakh-plus, followed by Bengaluru (8.9 per cent) and Mumbai (7.7 per cent).
Chennai reported the highest number of cases of crimes under Special and Local Laws (SLL), accounting for 32.9 per cent of such crimes reported amongst 19 metropolitan cities, followed by Kochi (12.9 per cent) and Surat (12.6 per cent) during 2016.
Under violent crimes, Delhi (5,453 cases) reported the highest number of cases of kidnapping and abduction (48.3 per cent) followed by Mumbai with 16.6 per cent (1,876 cases) and Bengaluru with 7.8 per cent (879 cases).
Delhi reported the highest 21.8 per cent of murders (479), followed by Bengaluru 10.4 per cent (229 cases) and Patna 8.9 per cent (195 cases).
In crimes against women, Delhi reported 33.0 per cent (13,803 cases) followed by Mumbai (12.3 per cent; 5,128 cases). Delhi reported the highest crime rate (182.1) compared to the national average rate of 77.2.
Delhi (5,942 cases) reported the maximum number of cases under economic offences followed by Jaipur (4,742cases) and Mumbai (4,191 cases).
Delhi reported the maximum theft cases (1,30,928) followed by Maharashtra (59,097) and Uttar Pradesh (56,550).
During 2016, out of total theft (4,94,404 cases), 2,13,765 cases (43.2%) were auto theft cases of which Delhi UT (38,644 cases) has reported maximum auto theft cases followed by Uttar Pradesh (34,480 cases) and Maharashtra (22,435 cases).