Mysore: In a worrying trend, most of those involved in crime in Mysore - that has seen a jump of five per cent in 2013 - are between 17 and 30 years old.
More youth are taking to crime in the city than even in Bengaluru owing to unemployment and poverty, according to city police commissioner, M. A. Saleem, who , however claims the city is still safer than Bengaluru.
Mysore has a 10 per cent lesser crime rate than the state's capital owing to intensified preventive measures such as the special programme, Abhaya for senior citizens, he contends.
"We are trying to rehabilitate the first time offenders by getting them jobs,” Saleem adds.
Claiming that the detection of crime was 15 per cent higher last year than in 2012, he says cases of chain snatching have come down drastically.
“We are oberving 2014 as a crime prevention year .
We have done a survey in Mysore and identified 822 senior citizens who are living alone and under a new service called ‘Abhaya’, our policemen visit their houses once during the day and once at night,” he reveals, dismissing the so called kidnappings and missing persons cases reported during the year as mostly love affairs.