Police Track Record Improves

Police Track Record ImprovesPolice Track Record Improves

The capacity of the police forces to track down crimes has gone up by 14% since the beginning of the calendar year (started March 21).

Police chief Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam, who was attending the National Conference of Police and Social Prevention of Crime, said while the top priority is for all institutions to take responsibility to step up crime prevention efforts, the next step is to involve citizens in fighting crime. “The final step is to prevent a potential offender from becoming a criminal and keep up efforts to help individuals steer away from criminal activities,” he said quoted by ISNA.

People’s collaboration was very important and “wrong-doers need to return to society rehabilitated,” he stressed.

  Crime in Capital

The police chief mentioned the launching of the headquarters to fight theft and said one-third of the country’s crime occurs in Tehran. “This indicates the capital has become a good hiding place for felons and thieves.”

This does not mean, however, that the criminals are citizens of Tehran. “Many of them have fled their home towns to bigger cities hoping to escape from their wrong deeds,” he noted.

Over 600 to 700 theft cases are reported in the capital every day even as many cases go unreported.

Ahmadi-Moghadam also said there was 3% reduction in theft rate in late summer and the headquarters to fight theft has achieved notable success.

Pointing to the low average age of criminals, he said they are between 17 and 25 years.