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Street crimes in Karachi still on the rise

At least 54 people were killed and almost 458 injured. (Source: Google)

KARACHI: At least 54 people were killed and almost 458 injured in various incidents of street crime in the metropolis during the first eight months of 2021.

According to details, during the first eight months of 2021, the people of Karachi lost millions of rupees in armed robberies and snatching at gunpoint with no district of the city remaining safe from the reach of criminals.

The data compiled by the security administration and gathered by M.M News shows that despite a growing number of cases and widespread coverage of street crime by the mainstream media and rising number of people’s complaints, such incidents witnessed an upward trend in all five months.

During the eight months of 2021, the citizens in the most populous city of the country were deprived of 34,181 motorcycles, 14,578 mobile phones, and 1,268 four-wheeler vehicles.

The figures suggest that from August 1 to 30, 375 motorbikes were snatched at gunpoint in different areas of the city and 3,975 two-wheelers were stolen in various neighbourhoods.

Similarly, 1,965 cell phones were snatched in different parts of the city during the same period. Besides, several other incidents of house robberies and snatching also took place when the citizens were deprived of gold jewellery, cash, prize bonds, foreign currency and other valuables in the same duration.

The chief minister was briefed that street crime has witnessed a 30 percent decline during 10 days from August 11. To this, the chief minister said he wanted complete elimination of the street crimes.

It was further informed during the meeting that two policemen were arrested for their alleged involvement in short-term kidnapping incidents. “Both of them have been arrested,” the AIG Karachi said as the chief minister directed him to award them exemplary punishment.