Punjab ranks 26th among 29 states as per crime rate in the country. Stating this, a Punjab police spokesperson said DGP Suresh Arora’s comment on the crime rate was misinterpreted.The spokesperson said, “The DGP has clarified that he had stated that Punjab’s ranking is the fourth lowest in the country on basis of crime rate (registered FIRs per lakh of population). However, it was misconstrued as Punjab had worse crime rate than Bihar and UP.”The spokesperson adds that as per the statistics published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in “Crime in India – 2014”, Punjab has a crime rate of 129.6 as against the national average of 220.5 – it ranks at number 26 among 29 states and has the fourth lowest crime rate in the country.He insisted that the DGP did not say Punjab’s crime rate was higher than of UP and Bihar.The spokesperson said the DGP while interacting with residents of Jabbowal and Langroya villages appreciated their fight against drugs. He also informed them that the police had attached property worth Rs 80 crore of drug smugglers. He assured that similar action would be taken against other drugs smugglers. He also encouraged the village youth to join the Punjab Police.Reflective stickers pasted on vehicles Chandigarh: The Punjab Police through its Community Policing Wing has launched a campaign to paste reflective stickers on all slow-moving vehicles, especially tractor trolleys, to avoid accidents on highways. An official spokesman said it had been noticed that the lack of reflectors on slow-moving vehicles being used particularly in rabi and kharif season for bringing farm products in state mandis resulted in major accidents and loss of lives. He said for the purpose, the Community Policing Wing had been asked to rope in ‘Saanjh’ committees constituted throughout the state.
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