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Nov 21, 2009

Crime graph down, accident rate up in West Zone

The crime rate has come down considerably in the West Zone while the fatal accident rate has gone up by 7 per cent during the period from January 1 to October 2009 compared to the corresponding period last year, Pramod Kumar, Inspector-General of Police, West Zone said on Friday.

Mr. Kumar held a review meeting of the performance of unit officers in west zone which was attended by the Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, Salem and Coimbatore ranges and the Superintendents of Police, the Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode, Namakkal, Salem, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri.A review of the statistics with regard to property crimes revealed that murder for gain remained at 22 during both the periods, dacoity had come down by 16 per cent, grouping for dacoity had come down by 56 per cent, robbery was down by 18 per cent, burglary had increased by 2 per cent while theft had come down by 8 per cent. In total, the average fall in crime rate in this category was 5 per cent.

With regard to violent crimes, murder had come down by 15 per cent, attempt to commit murder had come down by 30 per cent, culpable homicide not amounting to murder was up by 13 per cent, injury cases were down by 32 per cent and riot cases were down by 32 per cent.The average fall in crime rate in this category was 27 per cent.With regard to crime against women, rape cases were down by 20 per cent, dowry death by 6 per cent and molestation cases were down by 45 per cent.

Cases of sexual harassment continued to remain at 38 cases in both the periods, cruelty by husband and relatives was down by 35 per cent and kidnapping/abduction of women and girls were down by 9 per cent.The crime against women category was down by 31 per cent in total.In the other major crimes category, kidnapping and abduction was up by 24 per cent, criminal breach of trust was down by 39 per cent, cases of arson was down by 17 per cent, cases of cheating had increased by 10 per cent, cases of counterfeiting had increased by 73 per cent, fatal road accident cases had gone up by seven per cent, non-fatal cases had come down by 3 per cent and other Indian Penal Code related crime cases were down by 29 per cent.

In total, there was a fall of cases by 13 per cent. With regard to IPC cases, there was an overall fall of 16 per cent and cases relating to special legislations were down by 4 per cent.The zone as on date had 17,723 under investigation cases and 52,665 pending trial cases.

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