House theft cases see a hike in the city

City Crime

CCRB Data shows an increase  in the cases of house theft, breaking, and entering  and servant theft.

The City Crime Record Bureau (CCRB) recorded a hike of 33 percent in cases of house thefts this year as of November.

In 2022 till November, 783 house theft cases have been reported. In 2021, there were a total of 590 cases for the complete year. The house breaking thefts during day time saw an increase of 18 percent, from 135 to 158 but there was a downfall of 3.5 percent in the cases of house breaking thefts during night time.  A two percent hike in the case of thefts by servants, drivers, and domestic helpers was also observed.

Srinivas, Assistant to the Commissioner of police, Bengaluru said, “There has been a slight increase in cases of theft that are reported by the citizens which were either by breaking and entering, or theft by servants. In many cases the culprit is known to the victim. ”

Ms. Nalini (name changed) resident of Prestige Lake Ridge, Subramanyapura, Uttara Hobli and a recent victim of house robbery said, “Despite tight security system, two peoplebroke into our bedroom and stole Rs. 10,000 from our cupboard, when I was in the kitchen. They were servicemen from a water purifying company.  We reported the case at Subramanyapura Police Station and they traced them within three weeks and we got some of our money back.”

Advocate Shivank Agarwal, a Criminal Lawyer said, “House theft cases are commonly reported now-a-days, even the data of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has observed a hike in the cases of thefts. The cases I come across are follow ups of these in the court; they are mostly committed by a person known to the victim.  The punishment is either imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or just fine and sometimes both.”

Mr. Srikumar R. retired Deputy General and Inspector General of Police said, “There are more cases of theft than what gets reported. They are either fake cases or not regulated properly. Police needs to do good monitoring and people must report through digital means or to nearby police stations.”

Mr. Naveen Jain, insurance agent at National Insurance Company said, “People often get compensation for house thefts, these are sometimes fake. We observed 15 fake cases of house thefts over last three months which were just to get the insurance money.”