Crime was marginally lower in city during year 2007

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Nagpur, Jan 6 (UNI) The incidence of crime was marginally lower in the city during the year 2007 as compared to 2006.

''The total number of crimes reported in the city in year 2007 is 7,999, which is 81 lower than the 8,080 reports received in 2006.

There has been a reduction by 1 per cent in the crime rate,'' Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) B K Upadhyay told reporters, here yesterday.

Simultaneously, the detection rate has showed an improvement both in absolute as well as relative terms. It has increased from 4,588 or 57 per cent of the total offence reported to 4,811 or 60 per cent, Mr Upadhyay said.

Giving the break-up, he said the number of murders reported has decreased from 85 in 2006 to 73 in 2007 (down by 14 per cent) and robbery, including chain snatching, from 462 to 443 (down by 4 per cent), but offence of attempt to murder has gone up from 51 to 60 (up by 18 per cent) and dacoity from 20 to 26 (up by 30 per cent).

The number of cases of extortion has shown an increase of 81 per cent, up from 26 in 2006 to 47 in 2007, Mr Upadhyay added.

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