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Street crimes in Karachi skyrocket in 2022

In over 56,500 incidents, citizens have been deprived of their belongings at the hands of street criminals

September 06, 2022
Policeman stands guard on a street in Karachi. — AFP/File
Policeman stands guard on a street in Karachi. — AFP/File

KARACHI: Over 56,500 cases of street crime have been reported in Karachi during the current year, as shown in data.

Over 19,000 mobile phones were snatched from citizens, while 104 cars were forcefully taken and 1,383 bikes were stolen.

Around 35,000 citizens were deprived of their motorbikes during various incidents in the city.

On the other hand, at least 56 people have lost their lives while resisting street criminals and 269 were injured as a result.

Around 303 cases of house robberies have been reported in Karachi. 

CM Sindh wants Karachi clean of street criminals

Earlier this month, Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah issued directives to clear Karachi of street criminals while presiding over a meeting on law and order in the province.

“Karachi needs to be cleaned of street criminals,” he said in the meeting.

Briefing CM Murad during the meeting, Inspector-General Police (IGP) Ghulam Nabi Memon spoke about special measures taken by the police to curb street crime. He said that police patrolling and an intelligence-based operation are underway to deal with criminals.

The IGP shared that 26 incidents of mobile snatching were recorded in June, while 86 were recorded in July. Police logged a total of 4,195 motorcycle snatching incidents in June, while in July 3,849 bikes were snatched.