About 24% of the robberies (210 cases) took place between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. while 15% (130 cases) took place between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Similarly, 11% took place between after midnight and 4 a.m., 7% between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 7% between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. “The analysis was done to determine when thieves target their victims. This will help in the strategic deployment of police personnel,” a police officer said.
Police data revealed that 101 cases were reported in the North Eastern District and of these, around 34.6% were reported between 8 p.m. and midnight. More than 95 cases have been reported in Dwarka and 37% have been reported between the given period. Also in the outskirts of Delhi, of the more than 85 reported cases, 29% occurred within the specified four hours between 8 p.m. and midnight. In the West district, more than 75 cases have been reported and more than 33% of them took place between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
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More than 500 cases have been reported in other districts and most cases were reported between the specific four hours. “In the South district, more than 50 cases were reported, of which 32.1% occurred between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.,” according to the study.
At a meeting of Delhi police chiefs on Saturday, deputy police commissioners, who are in charge of districts, were told to focus on solving unsolved theft cases. An officer said that between evening and night people went home from their office, people walked around after having dinner, shopkeepers closed their shops and went home with cash, all activities that made them vulnerable to theft. “In this period, thieves, having found the right moment, commit crimes,” the officer said. “They wait for their targets to reach an isolated location then rob them and if the victim resists, subdue them by threatening them with firearms.”
Another officer said that at a recent crime review meeting, DCPs were told that with the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, the reopening of educational institutions, the change in weather, a large number of people using the streets from the early hours of the morning to drop off their children at school and people going shopping, the police had to set up strategic pickets and reinforce patrols at vulnerable points.