Criminals on the loose : Efforts underway to control soaring crime rate: police

Criminals on the loose  :  Efforts underway   to control soaring  crime rate: police

ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI:  The incidents of crime, especially those of murder, robbery and vehicle theft – have drastically increased in the areas connecting Rawalpindi district and Islamabad. 
According to citizens of Mandi Morr, Pir Wadhai, Pindora, Double Road, I9, I10/4 and Sabzi Mandi, the incidents of car lifting, mobile and purse snatching, robbery, theft and other crimes have increased significantly, putting a question mark on the performance of the police in the capital and Rawalpindi and other law enforcement agencies operating in the twin cities. 
According to statistics gathered from various police stations of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, vehicles worth more than Rs 1 billion were stolen during the last two months in the twin cities. In Islamabad, the incidents of car lifting are on the rise in the jurisdictions of Golra, Margalla, Ramna, I9 and Aabpara police stations.
Street crimes in the evening and during nighttimes have also become a routine matter despite police patrolling in most areas of the capital. 
The residents complained that incidents of armed robbery in sectors H8, H9, G8 G9, G10, G11, I9 and I10 were on the rise, while the police seemed helpless.
Statistics collected from the police record of two months of this year showed a significant increase in the crime rate when compared to the first two months of 2013.
Islamabad IG Sikandar Hayat said that the Islamabad and Rawalpindi police were ensuring complete coordination and that joint efforts were underway for effective policing measures and maintain high vigilance against criminal elements in the twin cities.
Meanwhile, the IG’s PRO Zia Qamar told Daily Times that in this regard, a joint meeting was called on Monday and the security plan for both the cities was reviewed. It was agreed in the meeting that that plan would be made further effective through mutual cooperation.
He said that to control crime rate in areas adjacent to Rawalpindi and Islamabad, the police of both the cities had established five joint pickets. 
“Police pickets have been set up as per the comprehensive security plan for the twin cities, which has been chalked out following the directives of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. The purpose of this plan is to ensure protection to the lives and property of the citizens,” he said.
He said that under this plan, a rapid response force of Pakistan Rangers had also started patrolling in various areas of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, including Zero Point, IJ Principal Road and D-Chowk. He said that a joint patrolling mechanism had been devised under which officers in shifts were patrolling in various areas. 
He also said that a crackdown was being ensured against dacoits, car-lifting gangs and proclaimed offenders in both the cities, and it had been agreed that criminals wanted to police of any district would be transferred to the respective police station after their arrest. 
He said that the meeting also decided that the search operation would continue in the twin cities to ensure arrest of suspects, while more mock exercises would be conducted to counter any untoward situation. 

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