Most of Theft Cases go Unreported

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Bangalore ranks second in terms of police satisfaction

Bangalore Nov. 22, 2018

By Aiswarya Sriram

A survey published in the National Crime Records Bureau called ‘Safety Trends and Reporting of Crime’, says only 18 percent of people in Bangalore reported thefts in police stations. The report covers four major cities of India, namely Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bangalore. The survey states that in these four cities together, 92-94 percent of thefts go unreported.

The report states that this under-reporting may be due to two reasons: either people don’t approach a police station, or the police officers don’t register First Information Reports (FIR) for many cases. Bangalore ranks second under police satisfaction, with 70 percent of the people feeling safe to approach a police station.

First is Chennai, with 82 percent satisfaction. This is measured by prompt services provided to the victims by the police officers. In Bangalore, 48 percent of the families start worrying about unaccompanied females after 9 p.m., states the report. For male members, 83 percent of the families start worrying about them after 11 p.m.

Harrish Kumar, a police inspector at the Vijayanagar police station said, “It is not like lots of people don’t report about theft – the Bangalore police have an app called ‘Lost Article Report’, where people can file their reports and get an FIR copy of their complaints. Since lots of people use this, they don’t need to come to the police station. They can report it online.”

Kumbalgudu police station writer Manjunath states that “As Kumbalgudu is a very remote area without much exposure, thefts happen regularly here. But, a lot of thefts are actually not reported. As of this year, only 5 theft cases have been reported by people in our police station.”

Uma Ravi, a housewife says, “I have been a victim of theft. Once my phone was lost, so I went and gave a complaint in the Thalaghatapura police station which is near my house, but I don’t think the police took any initiative to find the phone and I didn’t get my phone back.”

Sharath M. who works in an IT company states that “I lost my purse while commuting by bus. I filed a complaint at the police station because I had my credit card and other identity cards in it. To make a new credit card, the officials were asking for a copy of the FIR. I wouldn’t have complained at the police station at all if this hadn’t been necessary.”

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