VISHAKAPATANAM: The number of property crimes reported in the city has increased by 30 per cent to 1,711 in 2016 as against 1,339 during the previous year. But sad thing is that the detection has come down by 19 per cent from 49 per cent in 2015 to 30 percent in 2016.
The victims in the property crimes allege that the police investigation skills have not improved to nab the culprits.
Among the 1,711 cases, as many as 1,189 cases are still under investigation. The property lost in all the cases is Rs 7,91,03,605 and the property recovered is just Rs 3,24,38,689, which is 41 percent.
As many as 375 cases of house-breaks (day and night) have been registered in the city this year, and among them, as many as 266 cases are still under investigation. Out of 514 two-wheelers theft cases, 401 are still pending. Out of 123 chain-snatching cases, 99 are under investigation.
According to the city police records, there is 27 percent increase in property offences. On an average 143 offences have been registered per month and every day at least five cases are reported.
Yoganand also admitted that there had been a rise in property offences and said that his teams would initiate new strategies to deal with them in 2017.
He said that crime mapping would be done and more check-posts would be set up.
Awareness among public on various crimes, especially house-breaks, in the absence of inmates should be created, he said. The usage of CCTVs is already on to detect crime and would be intensified by installing more CCTVs, he said.