Maharashtra witnesses drop in crime rates: Devendra Fadnavis


By S. Suchithra


Mumbai: Maharashtra has witnessed a major drop in crime rates from November last year to June 2016 with police forces in the state recording 6.49 percent decline in the number of murders, 17.37 percent reduction in banditry, 11.74 percent in hold-ups, 11.45 percent lower theft cases and 4.35 percent fewer incidences of rioting, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis revealed.


Fadnavis attributed the drop in crime rates to better law enforcement by the Maharashtra Police and initiatives such as reporting criminal incidences via WhatsApp, mobile phones, wireless networks, increased patrolling by police troopers and faster response to crime by state cops. The number of criminal cases solved by the police has also increased correspondingly during the period November 2015 to June 2016, the CM added. Incidences of crime were also found to have declined between November 2014 to June 2016, he added.


Fadnavis further disclosed, over 19,000 mobile users in Maharashtra are now connected to the Police Mitra mobile app, which makes crime reporting to police easier and faster. Intensified patrolling in sensitive and crime prone areas has proved an effective deterrent to criminals who earlier operated with impunity, he added.


The overall skills of Maharashtra Police personnel are being constantly upgraded and police forces are being provided the latest tech-based tools for prevention and detection of crime, which has helped improve the law and order situation in the otherwise peaceful state, the CM noted.


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