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Theft cases witnessed 26% hike in Pakistan during Dec 2012

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ISLAMABAD: Theft cases in Pakistan registered an increase of 26 percent with 3,103 cases filed in 75 districts during December 2012 compared to 2,467 in 71 districts the month before and the month under review reported the highest number of theft cases during 2012, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report released here on Monday.

FAFEN monitors visited the offices of 98 district police officers (DPOs) and reported a significant increase of 49 percent in cases of illegal confinement. A total of 122 cases were recorded in December and 82 in the preceding month.

Statistics also show a 17 percent rise in offences related to attack on modesty. On a positive note, a decrease was recorded in other crimes committed against women — cases of forced marriage and rape dropped by 14 percent each. Moreover, offences related to marriage registered a cut of 54 percent, honor killings of 23 percent and word, gesture or act intended to insult modesty of a woman of 94 percent.

In the physical harm category, terrorism cases increased twofold — 42 cases filed during the month under review and 20 in the preceding month.

Among crimes pertaining to property, robbery and criminal trespass cases went up by 10 percent and 11 percent, respectively. Similarly, compared to the previous month, three percent more cases of motor vehicle lifting were filed and four percent more were for motor vehicle snatching.

On the other hand, in December a decrease of 98 percent was noted for extortion cases.

As far as threat and fraud crimes are concerned, a 30 percent increase was reported in offences against public tranquility along with 10 percent hike in cases of counterfeiting currency notes.

Criminal breach of trust cases also went up by eight percent. Cases registering a decrease include fraudulent deeds and dispossession of property and criminal intimidation that dropped by 97 percent and 31 percent, respectively.

Eight of the 10 districts reporting the highest number of crimes were in Punjab and two in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Districts where crime reporting was the highest include Lahore (5,102), Faisalabad (2,294) and Peshawar (1,665).

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