Ongole: The crime rate in Prakasam district is on the rise amid continuation of tight vigil, according to Prakasam district Superintendent of Polce Bhusarapu Satya Yesubabu. When compared to 2016, the number of murders increased from 77 to 87, rapes from 67 to 84 and culpable homicides from eight to 42 in 2017.
Police registered 466 fatal accidents in which 518 people died in 2017. In 2016, they registered 507 fatal accidents which caused 569 deaths. Similarly, police received 62 complaints about property losses in 2017 and they are successfully in detecting 43 cases. They recovered Rs 34,412,290 from the total property lost Rs 51,686,450 this year. In 2016, police detected 81 cases of the total 97 property theft cases registered.
In 2017, police seized Rs 61,175,20 by registering 2,902 cases under gaming Act. They registered 11,023 drunk and drive cases and convicted 594 people. They collected Rs 84,47,700 from the drivers as fine in 2017.
For violation of MV Act, they registered 1,29,166 cases and collected compounding amount of Rs 28,024,407 from the motorists. They also collected Rs 51,319,50 as compounding amount by sending e-Challans in 79,228 cases.
Police reduced the average passport verification time from 15 days in 2016 to six days in 2017. They resolved 15,056 passport applications in 2017 against 14,937 in 2016. The police blacklisted 30 Korean and one Indonesian national for violating tourist visa norms. They also blacklisted one France national for doing granite business by coming on a tourist visa.
The blacklisted foreigners would not visit India again in next 10 years.The Prakasam police are developing and testing e-Verify, Varadhi apps and anti-parking system on highways apart from using WhatsApp groups for community involvement. The e-Verify app is helpful to the department in the verification of history sheeters and to track their movement. Varadhi is an SMS-based app which is aimed at addressing the grievances of police personnel.