By Uzma Zafar
ISLAMABAD: Crime rate has significantly declined in the Capital during the ongoing year as compared to the previous year and efforts are underway to ensure further protection to the lives and property of citizens through effective policing measures.
It was stated by DIG Operations Waqar-ud-Din Syed while giving a briefing to IGP Islamabad during a meeting regarding overall crime situation in the city. The meeting was attended among others by SSP Traffic and Zonal SPs.
The DIG Operations said that special police squads, headed by SPs, have been constituted for crackdown against criminal elements. He asked all SPs to remain vigilant in their respective areas and ensure quick response from the police in case of any incident.
DIG Operations presented the report to Islamabad Police Chief Muhammad Aamir Zulfiqar khan regarding overall crime situation in the city during the ongoing year and also briefed him in detail about it. He said that overall crime rate has significantly declined in Capital during the ongoing year as compared to the previous year and efforts are underway to make Islamabad as more secure and the safest city. According to report,
incidents of dacoity and snatching reduced upto 63 percent and 33 percent respectively while car snatching, burglaries and theft incident have declined upto 30 percent, 34 percent and 29 percent respectively during the ongoing year so far as compared to corresponding period of the last year.
The IGP expressed satisfaction on overall policing efforts to curb crime in the city and directed DIG Operations to conduct surprise visit of various areas to check measures taken to curb crime. No lapse or sluggish response in policing affairs would be tolerated, he added. Aamir Zulfiqar directed SSP Traffic to ensure strict action against those using tinted glasses on their vehicles and non-pattern number plates on their rides.
The IGP directed to take effective steps to curb activities of anti-social elements and get rid of criminals. He asked DIG Operations to ensure strict checking at entry and exit points of the city along with decent behavior of policemen with citizens. The slogan of `Phele Salam – Phir Kalam – should be followed in letter and spirit, the IGP said and appealed the citizens to cooperate with police and keep documents with them for identification during travel.
He directed for prompt response on calls at Rescue 15 and to resolve public complaints with responsible attitude. The IGP said that Islamabad police is doing its best to ensure protection to the lives and property of the citizens and the force would leave no stone unturned in this regard.