The Northeast, South, East, Outer and Outer North have the highest number of robberies till October 7 this year. A total of 1,662 incidents of loot have been reported in 15 districts this year as compared to 1,446 last year.

At a recent crime review meeting at the Delhi Police Headquarters, Commissioner of Police Rakesh Asthana met all the DCPs, including the six newly appointed ones, and discussed the current graph of robbery incidents along with a prevention strategy.

According to data provided by the police, between January 1 and October 7 this year, 174 incidents were reported in the Northeast district, compared to 167 in the same period last year. “There were 156 robbery incidents from South district this year as compared to 138 last year; 147 from East District as compared to 156 last year; 144 in Outer Delhi as compared to 107 last year; and 139 in outer north Delhi as compared to 93 incidents last year,” said a senior police officer.

During the meeting, Asthana asked the DCP to explain his strategy to prevent such incidents. One of the DCPs said that they have deployed personnel at crime-prone places and they have been informed about the physical details of serial criminals. “He claimed that his spotter team picked up around 800 people matching the description and found that 73 were involved in previous incidents,” the official said.

“In all, there were 1,662 incidents of robbery and this year 3,140 people have been arrested. The police chief has directed all DCPs to start free registration of FIRs,” said an official. There were 1,446 incidents during the same period in 2020.

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Asthana also reviewed the response time of the PCR unit, which is now working with the district police, in the meeting. “Among the top 10 underperforming stations, Bindapur Police Station ranks first in the list with a response time of 12.11 minutes; Samaypur Badli police station personnel reached the spot in 11.37 minutes; The response time of Janakpuri was 11.11 minutes; While Okhla station responded in 9.56 minutes,” the official said.

4 robberies in Dwarka

Meanwhile, in another meeting, a senior officer was pulled up after five dacoities that took place in a span of two and a half hours in Dwarka. The police chief came to know that no senior officer visited the spot after the incident and made elaborate arrangements to stop them, it is learned.

The incident happened on October 12. In the stolen Kali Santro, unidentified people first stopped a hotelier Bansidhar Jha, who was returning home on his two-wheeler. “At around 12.30, they attacked him with a sharp weapon and looted Rs 1,700 and his phone. An FIR has been lodged at Dwarka Sector 23 police station. The second incident took place an hour later in Dwarka Sector 9 and the target was bank manager Naresh Kumar. They robbed his bag, which contained Rs 4,500 in cash and a phone at knife point,” said a senior officer, adding that the FIR of the robbery was registered at the Dwarka (South) police station. When contacted, DCP (Dwarka) Shankar Choudhary said, “We have registered an FIR and are working to resolve the matter. Appropriate action has been taken against the police personnel.”

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