Kurnool: With constant counselling, weekly grievance redressals, use of modern technology and empathetic policing, micro management, the Kurnool police has controlled the crime rate. Once labelled as the faction ridden district, Kurnool has come a long way in seeing less blood spilled while settling scores with rivals. But Kurnool superintendent of police Gopinath Jatti said, “Much more needs to be done.” Be it Rs 5.5 crore highway robbery near Dhone, daylight murders in Nandyal, Pattikonda, Dhone, Kodumuru, the police have swung into action and quickly nabbed culprits.
Speaking to this correspondent, Mr Jatti said that proactive policing with good strategies in crime management had yielded them the result during the year. Though ‘matka’, ‘satta’/ and other evils that had eaten into the vitals of the society still persist, the Kurnool SP said that they are zeroing in on the source of crime to eliminate it forever.
Crime data (see info graph) reveals that murders, when compared to last year had significantly gone down. While 120 murders were reported in 2016, they have come down to 78 in 2017 (as on December10). Housebreakings by day time were 69 in 2016 and had come down to 77; whereas housebreakings during nights were reported 181 last year and remained at about the same level of 183 this year.
During 2016 property lost was pegged at Rs 481, 03,642 and recorded a recovery of 57 per cent to Rs 2, 72, 63,097. Whereas for the year 2017, the property lost was reported at a staggering Rs 11, 99, 20,097 and the recovered amount was shown as Rs 13, 62, 03,593 registering only 30 per cent. Police sources said that highway robberies amounting Rs 5.5 crore was included in the figure reported.