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Bangalore Police - performance data

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So, how much do you know about Police's performance. Policing is on part of infrastructure that doesn't get 'reviewed' as such. And thanks to movies and what not, our take on police is mostly based on misconpcetions, and not data.

Interest in data side of policing got sparked after I attended a talk by Mr Shankar Bidari over an year ago where he mentioned that detection rate of Bangalore police is considerably higher than that in many places in the west. He had data to back his claim, and after the meeting, like a true blue praja, I asked him for a hard copy of his speech itself. He was surprised, but nice enough to hand over whatever printed sheets he spoke from.

Here is the data he had shared (breakup of total IPC cases), till July 2008. Have requested him for current data. But look at this and comment if you happen to know benchmarks for detection rates. And yeah, a common grouse against such data is that "report rate" (percentage of crime that get reported) itself is very low in our country, and that tends to inflate the "detection ratio".

  Crimes 2005 2006 2007 2008 (Till 31/7)
    Reported Detected Reported Detected Reported Detected Reported Detected
Part 1 Murder 231 189 199 156 231 172 145 96
Murder (gain) 11 10 19 12 13 6 7 3
Dacoity 35 17 37 18 41 29 41 19
Robbery 399 205 384 194 335 165 222 68
Chain snatching 195 131 263 110 210 88 121 16
HBT (Day) 386 78 356 88 354 92 269 25
HBT (Night) 1385 272 1310 288 1131 209 710 53
House Thefts 1520 490 1266 314 1255 347 713 77
M V Thefts 3753 663 3501 708 3667 624 2972 207
Ordinary thefts 4283 1008 2555 904 2383 716 1310 204
Cattle thefts 50 28 31 16 71 44 34 17
Rec stolen property 11 11 1 1 1 1 0 0
Cheating 1633 1325 1554 304 2052 498 1166 144
Counter Feiting 90 38 55 26 45 8 31 7
Cr Br Trust 172 119 192 62 183 46 85 13
  Total 14154 4584 11723 3201 11972 3045 7826 949
                   
Part 2 304 (A) IPC 880 773 884 884 938 938 486 486
279, 337, 338 IPC 6909 6802 6692 6692 7486 7486 4021 4012
Rioting 282 260 324 220 264 180 163 63
Hurts 3474 3332 2640 1866 2381 1549 1394 655
Kidnapping 131 106 99 69 120 54 81 35
354 IPC 167 165 143 123 190 143 80 46
498 A IPC 287 287 290 230 290 192 173 70
376 IPC 38 38 33 29 62 58 26 19
304 (B) IPC 39 39 50 42 54 46 34 21
Other IPC cases 2384 2175 2696 2488 2866 1800 1714 815
  Total 14888 14149 14561 12989 15076 12653 8372 6300
                   
  Total IPC Cases 29042 18686 26284 16190 27048 15698 16198 7249

Data is data. Whether it is good or bad, depends on the benchmarks, or your judgement!

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silkboard's picture

karnataka police website, good work is on

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Talking about data on police, don't know if you have noticed, but Karnataka State Police website has been going through a nice makeover.

They are publishing almost daily "crime reports" from many districts. Interesting thing though is that I was not able to find daily reports from Bangalore City or Bangalore District.

Other problem is that there are no pure data reports - excel sheet or simple tables showing trends or comparative numbers.

What I have shared above is not available on BCP or KSP website.

silkboard's picture

looks like people are afraid to ...

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... discuss police in general. Well :)

Anyway. Have written to Comissioner's offfice requesting for latest data on crime statistics. In particular, I am interested in data by area / police station. That could tell you the most and least safe areas in our city.

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Crime Table Information

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The table above can be made clearer & more informative if the IPC codes & abbreviations were detailed (as to what crime they refer to).

According to one earlier news report, an estimated 60% of crimes (mostly petty crimes & thefts) go unreported in India. One of the major factors is the reluctance of police to file FIRs (increases their workload). The other common reasons cited are: (1) Reluctance to report loss (theft would reveal ill-gotten wealth); & (2) Social embarassment (in rape cases).

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... a talk by Mr Shankar

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... a talk by Mr Shankar Bidari over an year ago where he mentioned that detection rate of Bangalore police is considerably higher than that in many places in the west. He had data to back his claim ...

Is that the detection / reported ratio? Some links for crime rates for cities with comparable pop. to B'luru (see city popultaions link below); no detection rates though.
http://www.houstontx.gov/police/cs/beatpages/beat_stats.htm
http://chicago.everyblock.com/crime/

The only detection rate I could find online:
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/STATBASE/Expodata/Spreadsheets/D7358.xls from http://www.statistics.gov.uk/STATBASE/ssdataset.asp?vlnk=7358

Paper on detection rates (needs to be purchased):
http://www.springerlink.com/content/v215703011lu7597/

City populations:
http://www.worldatlas.com/citypops.htm


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India level data, detection vs conviction

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An easy benchmark for Bangalore/KA police would be national level data published by national crime records beaurau. Head to http://ncrb.nic.in/. Found 2008 All India data. Didn't find the word "detection". But found a "conviction rate", and "pendency percentage".

See all India 2008.

NCRB 2008 Data

 

Then see state-wise break up, 2008 again

IPC Cases 2008 - All States

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