The report also stated that Mumbai earned the dubious distinction of leading in the state in IPC crimes with 40,757 cases registered in 2018 against 39,035 the previous year, followed by Mumbai railways—39,295 cases in 2018.
Mumbai ranked first among the 10 cities in number of serious offences with 164 murder cases registered in 2018, followed by Pune Rural 115, Thane 108, Nashik Rural 80, Ahmednagar 77, Pune 73 and Nagpur 72. While 319 rape cases were lodged in Mumbai, 150 in Thane, Pune 103, Palghar 100 and Ahmednagar 87. In 2018, 2,038 molestation cases were reported in Mumbai, 406 in Pune, 465 in Thane, 302 in Pimpri Chinchwad and 274 in Nagpur—these five cities accounted for 79.2% of the cases in the state.
According to the report, 65.5% of the 704 eve-teasing cases were from the 10 cities, with 532 complaints from Mumbai alone. Pune came a distinct second with 44 cases, followed by Thane 53 and Navi Mumbai 30.
In 2018, the 10 cities contributed 44.4% of the 7,430 robberies reported in the state, a increase of 4.7% over the previous year. Mumbai lead with 1,054 cases, followed by Thane 614, Pune 336 and Navi Mumbai 297. Burglaries in the 10 cities contributed 43.3% to the total 6,462 in the state, but fell 5.6% over 2017 (6,845). The highest number of burglaries were reported in Mumbai (2,244), followed by Thane 1,222, Nagpur 861and Pune 600.
On Tuesday, the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) released the 2019 report for accidental deaths and suicides. It is yet to release its Crime in India 2019 report. This report would have an effect on the CID’s 2019 report, which might not come by the end of this year, said an CID officer.
“The state’s annual crime statistic report (which usually comes by the end of the following year—2019 in this case) got delayed partly on account of the delay in the release of NCRB’s ‘Crime in India Report for 2018’ and the Covid-19 pandemic, entailing deployment of our men to various places across the state,” Prakash Gaikwad, CID’s superintendent of police (law and research), told TOI.
A synopsis related to the 2018 CID report stated that Maharashtra recorded a crime rate (incidences per 1 lakh population) of 285.3. The state accounted for 3.46 lakh out of the total 31.32 lakh crimes in the country in 2018. Another 1.69 lakh cases were registered under special and local enactments including MCOCA, MPID and Bombay Police Act. Gaikwad explained, “The crime rate increases every year because of an increase in population. Besides, the police in states like Maharashtra are far more accessible and registration of FIR is easier. Property and body offences, and crime against women increased in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Thane and Nagpur, but cases filed under special/local laws declined due to constant police action.”