Only 10 pc thieves are caught: Police

Kathmandu, November 13:

The police manage to nab only 10 per cent of the thieves in the Valley, according to the Valley Crime Investigation Branch (VCIB), Hanumandhoka. A report prepared by the VCIB cited police’s failure to nab 90 per cent of the thieves as the major reason for the increase in the number of theft cases.

“Only 10 per cent of the thieves in the Valley are caught; the rest manage to evade arrest,” Pradhumna Karki, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the VCIB, said. The VCIB, however, did not disclose the exact number of thieves in the Valley. However, it said most of the thieves are professionals.

A total of 101 theft cases were registered in the Valley in the last three months (mid-July to mid-October). “Eighty-eight thefts took place during the day time,” Karki said. Property worth Rs 21,100,000 was stolen during that period, he said.

The police managed to recover a small portion of the stolen property. According to a police official, police seized property worth 5,000,000 from the thieves arrested by them. Kalimati and Kamalpokhari areas reported the most number of thefts during the period. Twenty-five cases were reported in Kalimati, while 23 thefts took place in Kamalpokhari area, the report stated.

The police also registered 73 cases of motorcycle thefts in the period. “We found 54 motorcycles and three have already been handed over to the owners,” Karki added.