In a recent press conference, Karachi’s Police Chief, Khadim Hussain Rind, has claimed that street crime in the city has decreased following the appointment of new police officers. He cited statistics indicating a notable reduction in mobile phone thefts and car-related crimes in the city.
Rind revealed that prior to the recent appointments of new police officers, an average of 77 people were deprived of their mobile phones daily. However, this figure has now decreased to 73 individuals. This data suggests that the increased police presence and efforts to combat street crime are having a positive impact on the security situation in Karachi.
Moreover, he emphasized that similar improvements are observed in car-related crimes. Previously, seven vehicles were reported stolen or snatched daily in the city. In the past one and a half months, this figure has dropped to six cases per day. Rind’s report highlights the police department’s commitment to enhancing public safety by reducing street crime.
During the press conference, Faisal Abdullah Chachar, the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) for the Karachi Central district, shared the news that the police had apprehended five suspects involved in a bank robbery in Saddar Town. The arrest of these individuals led to the recovery of stolen cash amounting to 8 million Pakistani Rupees (approximately 80,000 USD). The arrested suspects were identified as Ishtiaq, Imran, Mansoor, Sadiq, and Ghaffar, and they are now in custody, awaiting further legal proceedings. This achievement is seen as a significant success in combating violent crimes such as bank heists.
Additional Inspector General (AIG) Karachi, Khadim Hussain Rind, also mentioned that actions were taken against shopkeepers who were changing International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers on mobile phones. Such illicit activities not only contribute to mobile phone theft but also disrupt the network for reselling these stolen devices. The crackdown on these unethical practices further underscores the resolve of the Karachi police force to address the root causes of street crime.
The Karachi police’s efforts to improve public safety and curb street crime are showing tangible results. The decrease in mobile phone thefts and car-related crimes, coupled with successful arrests in high-profile cases, indicates a positive trajectory in the fight against street crime in Pakistan’s largest city. The local population hopes that these measures will continue to enhance their safety and security in the future.