Pune: Properties worth Rs 2,168 crore were secured by the city police in 2017 in cases of economical offences, Commissioner of Pune Police Rashmi Shukla said on Friday at the annual press conference at the Police Headquarters in Shivajinagar.
Shukla said the annual crime has seen a marginal dip by around three per cent as compared to 2016. “2017 was a year of detection, investigation and crime prevention for the city police. We were able to reach a detection rate of 65 per cent, which is appreciable,” added Shukla.
Highlighting the secured properties, Shukla said that the Economic Offences Wing was active and started freezing accounts of the accused involved in economic frauds. According to the city police, 969 cases of cheating were lodged in 2017 and 971 in 2016. In 2017, people lost Rs 447 crore and there was only one per cent recovery in these cases. Shukla said that 79 cases of economic offences have been investigated by the Economic Offence Wing and 106 people were arrested.
Speaking on reduction on annual crime cases, Shukla said that 19 gangs with 125 criminals were booked under Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), 30 criminals were booked under Maharashtra Prevention of Dangerous Activities (MPDA) Act and 280 criminals were externed from the city limits. “We took timely preventive action against criminals which helped in controlling the crime,” added Shukla.
Speaking on street crimes, Shukla said that there is a need to increase police presence and police officials are working on it. Speaking about an independent police commissionerate in Pimpri-Chinchwad, Shukla said that the proposal has been sent by the Pune Commissionerate to the government and it is up to the government to decide.
Shukla said that cases of vehicle damage and arson is a cause of worry for the city. “A total 47 cases of vehicle arson were reported and 65 persons were arrested. Similarly, 15 cases of vehicle damage were reported and 58 persons were arrested in these cases,” added Shukla.