15995 heinous crimes reported in provincial capital during 2020
LAHORE: Despite several transfers of Inspector Generals (IGs) and other senior officers, the Punjab police have failed miserably in reducing heinous crimes in the provincial capital during the current year, Pakistan Today learnt on Wednesday.
According to the data compiled by the police, a total of 15995 cases of heinous crime were reported in Lahore this year, out of which 7852 remained under investigation while 2914 untraced.
From January 1 to November 30, a total of 371 murder cases were reported, out of which 153 cases are under investigation while three are untraceable besides cancellation of 33.
When it comes to blind murders, a total of 33 cases were reported, out of which 21 are under investigation while one is untraceable besides cancellation of seven cases.
A total of 25 cases of robbery cum murder were reported to the police, out of which eight cases are still under investigation. Out of 12 cases of kidnapping for ransom, two are still under investigation.
The police also failed in controlling robberies, as a total of 3013 cases of robberies were reported this year, out of which 1290 are under investigation while 353 are untraceable.
Out of 75 cases of dacoity, 13 are under investigation while two are still untraceable.
A total of 17 cases of car snatching were reported this year and the police officials were able to solve only seven cases, as nine are under investigation and one is still untraced.
The cases of motorcycle snatching were at peak this year with 484 incidents and the police authorities were able to solve only 220 cases, as still 37 are untraced and 227 are under investigation.
As many as 11 incidents of snatching of other vehicles were reported, out of which six cases are under investigation while one is untraced.
This year, as many as 7621 cases of motorcycle theft were reported in the provincial capital, out of which 1,544 remained untraced while 3908 under investigation.
A total of 400 cases of vehicle theft were reported, out of which 41 remained untraced and 218 under investigation. A total of 3218 burglary cases were reported, out of which 1610 remained under investigation while 783 untraced.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a senior police official informed that the police officers have not been able yet to determine the main reasons of the rise in crimes. Most police officers attribute the rise in crimes to population growth, but there are also some other reasons, including unemployment and economic woes.
The officer believed that one of the main reasons for the increase in crimes is also the decline in moral values. He admitted that the police have failed to control crime so far.
The official added that the provincial capital has seen a slight decline in crime rates since the change of capital city police officer (CCPO). The city has seen a decline in cases of land grabbing by influential people, robberies and thefts. Since there are many factors behind murders, so it is important to control them first in order to control murders.
Several attempts were made to obtain comments from Punjab IG Inam Ghani and Lahore CCPO Omer Sheikh regarding the situation, but they could not be contacted.