In a year which saw several murders in broad daylight on the streets of Hyderabad, 2018 witnessed 8% more murders and culpable homicide cases compared to 2017, the annual report released by the Hyderabad city police on Wednesday stated. Meanwhile, there was a dip in the overall crime rate, including chain-snatchings and auto theft.
The annual round-up report released by Hyderabad Commissioner Anjani Kumar on Wednesday stated that there was a decline in the crime rate pertaining to automobile theft, crime against women and property crime. As per the statistics, there was a decline of 6% in the number of reported cases compared to the previous year, and grave property crime plummeted by 13%.
One of the major crimes which often occurs in the city, chain snatching, dropped by 62%. In 2017, the Hyderabad recorded 53 cases of chain snatching, while in 2018, they recorded only 20 cases.
The City Commissioner also claimed that the rate of convictions increased by 10% compared to the previous year. In 2017, the police disposed a total of 2,533 cases out of which 589 cases were convicted, whereas in 2018, police disposed 4,245 cases with 1,471 cases being convicted. 31 persons got life convictions, while 105 persons were convicted for more than 3 years in 2018, as per the report.
Hyderabad police also claimed success in its traffic branch. According to the report, 2018 saw a decrease of road accidents by 2% and fatality by 1%, compared to 2017. They also said that Hyderabad traffic management was much better than other cities like Bengaluru and Mumbai. The average speed of 18 kmph on roads increased to 25 kmph in 2018, police said, citing a survey carried out by Ola cabs.
Police registered a total of 42,82,474 cases for traffic violations compared to the previous year of 33,18,897, out of which 5148 offenders were jailed.
Police said that their e-initiatives have been quite successful as they received 7,689 cases through their mobile-based application Hawk Eye. Police revealed that a total of 8,96,554 users have been using the application.
Claiming that they would make surveillance better in Hyderabad to solve crimes, the Commissioner said that they would install 10 lakh surveillance cameras within Hyderabad and Rachakonda jurisdiction in 2019. Anjani Kumar said that they could solve 19 cases through its Facial Recognition System, a software which enhances images and matches them with images of offenders in their database. He said that besides identifying criminals, it could help in identifying missing persons.