60 Karachi areas emerge as ‘hot spots’ for mobile phone snatching

MAMOSA Report; KARACHI, JAN 9, 2017: The Citizens-Police Liaison Committee has identified 60 places in the sprawling metropolis of 25 million where incidents of street crimes, particularly snatching of cellphones, have increased alarmingly, reports Dawn newspaper.

A comprehensive data prepared by the CPLC showed how the busy and densely populated neighborhoods had become hotspots for criminals in the recent months.

It contained names and locations of the 60 areas — in all the six Karachi districts — which have been declared ‘hot spots’ for mobile phone snatching and theft.

The officials said that although the number of streets crimes was less in the first nine months of 2016, it increased during the last quarter of the previous year to an extent that it sent ripples through the power corridors.

“There are different indicators which define street crimes,” said an official to Dawn newspaper citing the recently compiled data. “It includes snatching of mobile phones and vehicles — both motorbikes and four-wheelers — and their theft. However, mobile phone snatching is believed to be the most significant indicator among others which affect almost every class of the society and every neighborhood of the city.”

In 2015, he said 21,198 mobile phones were snatched while 20,442 stolen. In 2016, a total of 34,137 mobile phones were either snatched or stolen across the city.

The figures of street crime skyrocketed during the last quarter of 2016 despite staying low in the first nine months of the year, he said.

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