Street crimes rise drastically in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI: The street crimes in the city have risen drastically in recent days.The residents of the city are concerned with the prevailing insecurity due to street crimes and other criminal incidents. The increasing incidents of street crimes, car lifting, mobile and purse snatching are the major concern for the Pindiites and they demand the high authorities to take notice of the situation. The residents have complained that the muggers are roaming freely in the city and looting the people while the police is unable to keep a check.The residents said that the city goes dark due to load-shedding in evening and during that time young boys are out on roads and streets on bikes without number plates snatching cell phones and cash from the people. The police do not take the absence of number plates on the bikes, they added. Azhar Hussain, a resident of the Bani Police Station area said that he had registered a complaint of robbery stating that he was standing with his friends near the Imam Bara Chowk when suddenly three robbers riding motorcycles appeared and snatched Rs 0.1 million and fled.They said that mostly the street crime is increasing in the jurisdiction of New Town, Banni and Sadiqabad Police Stations as the residents of these areas complain of becoming victims of these incidents. Working women mostly become easy targets of purse and mobile snatchers or obnoxious remarks when they come back home from work in the evening. A resident of Sadiqabad, Bilal Hashmi said that he lost his mobile and a laptop while going back home. He said, “Such incidents not only discourage us but also give us a sense of insecurity during performing our duties.”Another working woman, Shiasta Durrani said that the lack of lights around the newly constructed flyover of Chandani Chowk also makes the area deserted in late hours, luring criminals to snatch cell phones and cash from the people. Cars stolen: Unidentified thieves stole away a car bearing registration number VV-208 from a house in F-10/3. An FIR has been lodged with Shalimar police station. A van numbered RIA-495 parked in front of a house in I-10/2 was stolen. An FIR has been lodged with Sabzi Mandi police station. A motorcycle, ACL-921, was stolen from the parking lot of I-10 Markaz. An FIR has been lodged with Sabzi Mandi police station. 

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