It seems that burglars and thieves are continuing to thrive in Karachi. The assumption that situation had improved in Karachi was merely a misconception. The number of cases registered for stolen motorbikes and mobile phones has increased significantly compared to the previous year – 2016.
The Citizens-Police Liaison Committee’s (CPLC) data has been put together by the police to get crime-rate estimates for this year.
Bike and Cell Phone Thefts
The CPLC data shows that motorbike thefts have increased to 23,190 in 2017, a 2.9% increase when compared to 2016’s figure of 22,535.
A sub-category of “motorbike thefts on gunpoint”, however, shows a decreased number of 2,280 with respect to the previous year’s 2,516.
On the other hand, mobile-phone thefts at gunpoint stand at 16,232 this year. During the previous year, 16,069 phones were reported stolen, meaning a 1.01% rise in 2017.
Though the difference is small, 16,000+ thefts is still a huge number.
Decline in Crime Indicators
The data does reveal some relatively favorable aspects such as:
- a decline in the number of stolen cars,
- only one incident of a terrorist attack (bomb blast) compared to three in previous year,
- decrease in target killings,
- decrease in kidnapping and extortion cases.
In numbers, 22 people were assasinated by target killers this year as compared to 45 the previous year. 562 killings due to personal quarrels and street crimes have been reported, as compared to 667 last year.
These statistics however, do not take into account the fact that a lot of thefts and crimes remain unreported and overlooked. The figures provided by CPLC only represent the documented and registered cases that have been reported by the victims.
Much more needs to be done to rein in crime in Pakistan’s largest metropolitan city.