Finally some good for Lahoris as the 2019 updated list for the World Crime Index has declared that Lahore has surpassed both the capital city and the city of lights!
This news is with regards to the provincial capital dropping down an impressive 36 steps down in terms of curbing crime.
Lahore previously stood at the 138th position and had a crime index of 46.9 last year. This year, however, it stands at the 174th spot on the index out of a total of 319 cities worldwide!
The index as per the official site, “is an estimation of overall level of crime in a given city or a country. We consider crime levels lower than 20 as very low, crime levels between 20 and 40 as being low, crime levels between 40 and 60 as being moderate, crime levels between 60 and 80 as being high and finally crime levels higher than 80 as being very high.”
Further, the index also proposes the reasons why such a global effort is necessary as opposed to simply collecting data and statistics from respective governments of countries. The state these three main factors as the major reasons why these efforts are necessary;
People in some countries are much more likely to report a crime than in other countries.
Data could be forged by governmental institutions.
Data are not available for most of the world
That’s not the only city with good news however as Karachi, a city that was at the 6th spot in 2014 has now fallen as low as the 70th spot with many first world nations above it in the index.
That is a great achievement in itself and our military spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor had this to say about the news;
Karachi at one point in time (2014) was 6th in World Crime Index. Alhamdulillah, today it’s at 70th with many first world cities behind. Credit to team of Civil Administration & Security Forces esp Int, Police & Sindh Rangers. Also to the citizens of Karachi. More stability IA. pic.twitter.com/8ghw1VptCn
— DG ISPR (@OfficialDGISPR) April 22, 2019
The capital city of Islamabad was actually at a spot lower than Lahore but didn’t show any drastic improvement from it’s jump from 226 to 232. Overall in the index, the Emirati city of Abu Dhabi was declared the safest city in the world, nestled neatly at the 319th position with a mere rate of 10.9 on the index.
Alternatively, the worst of the worst included the Venezuelan city of Caracas which held an index of 83.10 at the 1st position. This might be the only list where coming first might not be such a good thing. The country’s social and political unrest might be the biggest cause of concern for it’s top spot.
Among our neighbouring nations, things aren’t looking all that good for both Kolkata and Beijing as the two South Asian states in the 94th position and 105th positions respectively.
In a report by Dawn News,one of Lahore’s top police officials stated that certain steps were taken to ensure that factors hindering the performance of the police were addressed and “In order to address crime effectively through meticulous data analysis, we divided police stations of the city in three categories i.e. A, B and C, based on the prevalence of crime in that specific area.”
As per the report, the strategy basically consisted of prioritizing the police stations in terms of resource allocation to the areas reporting the greatest number of reported crimes. Steps like this and an initiative to reduce the work load of the police staff ensured quick and sure results. Division and rationalisation of the labour in the form of A category police officers such as SHOs being asked to focus primarily on strategizing crime control also played a huge role.
“After a detailed working on the crime maps, we redefined crime beats and crime hotspots in the provincial capital,” the official added.