Crime rate up in Telangana, spurt in rape and cheating cases

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Uttar Pradesh recorded 9.5% of the total IPC crime reports in the country, followed by Madhya Pradesh (8.9%), Maharashtra (8.8%) and Kerala (8.7%).

Last year, out of 4,94,404 theft cases reported across the country, 2,13,765 cases were of auto thefts.

A total of 48,31,515 cognisable crimes - which include major crimes like rape, murder, kidnappings and rioting - comprising "29,75,711 IPC crimes" and "18,55,804 Special and Local Laws (SLL)" crimes were reported in 2016.

Delhi reported the highest crime rate against women at 160.4% against the national average rate of 55.2%. "The states where the digitisation and literacy rates are higher, the cyber crime cases are bound to, naturally, go up", said Brijesh Singh, Inspector General of Police, Head, Maharashtra Cyber cell.

The crime rate in Maharashtra has increased marginally from 355.19 crimes per 1 lakh citizens registered in 2015 to 357.41 crimes per 1 lakh citizens in 2016.

Rape cases in the state have increased from 1105 in 2015 to 1278 in 2016.

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Cases of crimes against children have hugely increased between 2014 and 2016, by 19.6%.

Delhi reported 33 percent (13,803 cases of the total 41,761 cases in 19 cities with a population above two million) of total crimes against women and was followed by Mumbai at 12.3 percent (5,128 cases).

However, Telangana has been ranked fourth for cyber crimes though the number of cases has also shown a declining trend. In crimes against children, Mumbai ranked second with 3,400 cases, amounting to 17 per cent of all such offences.

According to the NCRB report, total of 1226 cases were reported against foreign nationals in various police stations in India.

Besides, the total number of criminal complaints registered in MP has declined to 2.64 lakh in 2016 from 2.72 lakh in 2014, he added. Only Uttar Pradesh, with 2,639 cases, reported more offences. "Maharashtra is a vast state where the pace of digitisation is faster than other states". Singh. As per the NCRB data, the total number of cyber crime cases registered under Information Technology (IT) Act in Maharashtra in 2016, were 359. No crimes were recorded under Section 66F (cyber terrorism) in the State. Bengaluru with 8.9 per cent and Mumbai 7.7 per cent were placed at the second and third spot respectively in IPC crimes registered.