RCCI expresses concern over increasing crime rate in city

RAWALPINDI: The Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) on Monday expressed concern over the increasing crime rate in the city, saying criminal activities were escalating constantly. “Incidents of robberies and mugging in the Cantt, Westridge and inner parts of the city have become a routine matter,” said RCCI President Dr Shimail Daud while chairing a meeting of the chamber’s executive body. He said that the traders’ community felt insecure, as various well-organised gangs under the guise of the Taliban were involved in extortion and kidnapping for ransom. Dr Daud urged the authorities concerned to take appropriate measures to make the city a safe place for economic activities, and demanded computerisation of the entire security system. He suggested launching a full-scale crackdown on unregistered persons living in the city and keeping an eye on slum dwellers. The RCCI president said car thieves were operating fearlessly, which was evident from the fact that stolen cars were shifted to other cities within minutes, exposing loopholes in the security mechanism. He urged the government to devise a foolproof strategy by using latest technology to prevent incidents of car lifting and other crimes. He said that one reason behind the increasing crime ratio was lack of effective prosecution and punishment mechanism in society, which encouraged anti-social elements to carry on with their illegal activities. He called for making legislation to bring such elements to task and award punishment within days, as it would help ensure improved law and order. Dr Daud demanded that the government should resolve the problems of the traders’ community on priority, as sense of insecurity among them was affecting the national economy. 

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