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Vizag sees a 14% dip in overall crime rate


Crimes in Vizag city recorded a 14 percent fall in 2020 as compared to 2019, claimed the Vizag city police chief Manish Kumar Sinha on Wednesday. Covid-19 pandemic-induced lockdown, according to the senior cops, might have contributed to the decrease in the crime in the city. The top cop of Vizag city briefed the media about the crime situation in the year, 2020.

Amongst cognizable offenses, there has been a marked reduction in property offenses by 21 percent, white-collar offenses by 28 percent crime against women by 24 percent, and cybercrimes by 4 percent. The annual data issued by the city police stated that a total of 3,022 cases were reported in Vizag city in 2020 while the number was 3,458 in 2019 and 3,461 in 2018.

However, the murders have increased to 27 in 2020 from 17 in 2019 and rape cases have increased to 123 in 2020 from 106 last year. The police said that a total of 671 property offenses were reported and property worth Rs 4.78 crore was stolen in the city in 2020, while the number of cases was 850 and the property lost was Rs 6.14 crore in 2019. Except, robbery cases, all other incidents such as burglaries, snatchings, and other property offenses have decreased this year primarily due to Covid-19 lockdown.

In the crime against women category, a total of 945 cases were reported in 2020, while the number was 1,251 in 2019 and 1,381 in 2018. Similarly, crime against children saw a 33 percent decrease this year as 150 cases were reported when compared to 230 cases in 2019 and 271 in 2018.

ACP (CCS), Sravan Kumar said that cyber crooks continued to dupe the Vizagites with innovative methods in 2020 as there was a marginal decrease in the cybercrimes. A total of 353 cybercrimes were reported in 2020 while the number was 368 in 2019. Over 60 percent of the total cybercrimes were related to financial frauds, he added.

The crime against women, rape cases and rapes committed under the false pretext of marriage saw an increase of 16 percent. The police chief said that the law and order situation in Vizag city was under control. The efforts to collect advanced intelligence, prevention, quick response, augmentation of forces in strategic locations, the effective beat system, special drives, visible policing, and effective control.

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