Crime and the City

I’ve been hearing a lot of stories from my relatives, friends and colleagues about increasing crime rate in the city for quite sometime.

They range from simple pick-pockets to auto driver assaults, from highway robbery to planned ransacking of locked apartments.

This article in IndiaTimes prompted me to post this entry.

The usual reasons for such acts are attributed to

1. Lack of opportunities (read employment) for all people, especially youth.


2. Huge disparity in income which tempts the “low income group” to get a little adventurous.

Which of them is true in an economically booming city like Bangalore or do you know any other reasons?

Do you have any experiences to share?

18 Comments so far

  1. Ravi (unregistered) on May 31st, 2006 @ 5:59 pm

    It would be terrible for ANYONE to undergo such ordeal(s), Kanth. Jain’s experience would be nothing short of traumatic. Many years back, a friend of mine was hit with a iron rod on his head from behind while taking a walk after dinner. Fortunately, it was not severe enough to disable him…only incapacitate him for seconds enough for the thief to rob him of his wallet.
    While I agree with points (a) & (b), the fact that the police are unable to bring many culprits to book or really institute deterrent punishment emboldens these crooks or the new ones. I say, get public (& capital punishment) back for even petty crimes and watch how society can turn safe!

  2. Satu (unregistered) on May 31st, 2006 @ 6:40 pm

    Huge disparity in income shd be the best bet! there is a big local inflation bubble exist in bangalore, which is painful for the poors…

  3. SloganMurugan (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

    Expect more organised crime, especially land- grabbing and extortion. The current real estate prices is high enough to sustain those lines of business. Namaskara Bhais.

  4. usha (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 4:13 pm

    I remember posting this last night and yet it is not here now and so here i go again. I shall say it again and again until I am heard (:))

    I think that at the bottom of it is a fast spreading moral vaccum where the urge to make money makes people disregards the right way of making it. They see so many opportunities to spend money and do not possess the skills to make it – so simply get it from those that have it, never mind how hard they have worked for it. I am sure that there is a pattern in the type and modus operandi and there are specific people behind it and it is tough to believe that the Police are not aware of these gangs. I think the Police department has a lot of gearing up to do to make the city safer.

  5. usha (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

    sorry@typo in my earlier comment:
    where the urge to make money makes people disregard the right way of making it.

  6. manuscrypts (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 6:54 pm

    a host of immigrants coming into the city, who dont care two hoots about your city’s civic infrastructure unless it directly concerns them, who cant speak a word of kannada, and take away jobs which should have come to you or your kith and kin, who get to enjoy the malls and multiplexes .. is bound to cause some angst??
    also, i remember the last time the crime rate shot up, it coincided with the taking away of parking fees and it was said that the ‘parking attendants’ we behind it…

  7. Raag (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 7:37 pm

    I don’t think that the reasons provided by you can be the primary reason for the recent “spurt” in crimes. They can secondary or tertiary factors. I believe the primary reason is the slack in policing. I think if the police are tough and smart, they can bring down the crime rate significantly. And I have been hearing not too favourable things about the current top law and order machinery in b’lore.

  8. Nparry (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 7:45 pm

    The situation is somewhat similar to the crime situation here in Atlanta or elsewhere in the US. The vast “underclass” of have-nots are now emboldened by slack governance and law-and-order laziness to go after what they can’t get through legitimate means. Until the disparity is addressed to some meaningfule extent, the situation will continue to worsen until the poor in Bangalore find ways and means to cope with the worsening attitudes among the “haves.” Why is crime by the minority blacks so prevalent in the US? It’s this mindset that says ” I won’t work for it, but I’ll have what you have by robbing you or worse, killing you.”

  9. Mehak (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 7:46 pm

    To all the people who crib about all the outsiders… dont forget that bangalore is thriving upon the dollars earned by taking up job of some white guy up there in USA and Europe!!!
    Also, i think its very wrong to talk about the non kannadigas to be “outsiders” in their own country.. specially in todays environment…when every Bangalorean considers him self the world citizen….this sucks and smells of the hypocrisy and double standards!!!!

    Another point to ponder upon… people come and stay in this city is not unilaterally beneficial to them…. People come here because the companies here want them…. its just pure meritocracy… and Bangalore local citizen do get benefit of this… be it the sheer size of economy these so called “outsiders” add…. if every outsider earns 10K, he is surely going to spend atleast 7K for his daily needs, be it housing or food… which adds to the prosperity of local citizens.

    If some one looks at the history, Bangalore was a british cantonment…so it was actually cosmopolitan from the beginning.. and then Bangalore attracted all the IT companies just because of the number of technical resources available… and these technical resources were predominantly from all parts of the country…coming to bangalore…to persue education in all the institutes…which again were making money by selling the seats to “Outsiders” !!

    It is my humble request to refrain use of words like “outsiders” and “immigrants” coz what ever form it is..belongs to everyone who stays here.. everyone wants the best of the city… as the city grows, everybody who is part of it Grows.

  10. Nparry (unregistered) on June 1st, 2006 @ 7:48 pm

    How about the idea of a “neighborhood watch” where unemployed youth who live in the area are employed to provide dusk-to-dawn patrolling? Some of the “rich” folks in Bangalore can certainly afford to pool some of their money to fund 5-10 youths, provide them with a decent salary and equipment and training. Whatever happened to individual initiative and enterprise in solving problems, rather than holding on to the government’s sari “seragu” all our lives?

  11. usha (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 7:48 am

    well said. I second what you say. Thats my humble request too.Let us move forward together and not tie such knots around our legs which hold us back and make us trip.

  12. Mehak (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 9:26 am

    Thanks alot Ma’am….

    Well Metblogs is no place to take out your frustrations….n post comments like ‘outsiders’ & ‘immigrants’….
    People working in respectable positions in good ‘IT’ companies say such stuff…I PITY THEM and THEIR ATTITUDE…

    PLEASE DONT MAKE BANGALORE METBLOG LIKE A B’Board OF YOUR OFFICE….cribbing about this & that….

    But their is this doubt in moi head…who are those so called ‘immigrants’…ppl from AP,TN,Kerala in Karnataka…or the whole of Indian Junta expect Kannadigas…?????

  13. Ravi (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 11:02 am

    @Mehak: I totally agree with your feelings re: ‘outsiders’ & ‘immigrants’. And your view about Bangalore being a cantonment & cosmopolitan – if (any)one considers that from a very non-biased, rational way, I think you have a brilliant point! Cheers!

  14. Akshay (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 11:07 am

    This is quite shocking.. being called immigrants in your own country. I never knew it was so bad in Bangalore, the IT capital of India. Oh well, it is a good thing I belong to Mumbai, the city that welcomes everyone. If there is any city which should be complaining about the infrastructure being used by outsiders, local jobs being taken away and etc, it should be Mumbai. But you dont see people calling fellow INDIANS immigrants. This is why Mumbai is truly cosmopolitan and has a spirit which never dies.

  15. Mehak (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 11:18 am

    @Ravi…thanks a ton !!!

  16. Ricky (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 1:19 pm

    It’s sad that people are being called “immigrants” in their own country. The fact is that if IT companies were based in Delhi, it would have been filled with people from South India too. I can understand why a Punjabi farmer in Hoshiarpur will call Bihari workers there as “outsiders” but when educated people start using such strong language then there is something wrong with their education.

    India is a free country and everyone has a right to work wherever they are. Do you think all the Kannada people can fill jobs based in Bangalore? Obviously they cannot and so people from rest of the country are leaving the comfort of their region and working hard in a new place.

    Instead of blaming the criminals if you are blaming the people who make Banglalore the great city that it is, then there is something wrong in your thinking.

    Accept the multiculturism of India and embrace it rather than creating rift between people.

  17. manuscrypts (unregistered) on June 2nd, 2006 @ 2:45 pm

    hmmm…. interesting… considering that all what was asked for was reasons for the increasing crime rate… now, on the premise that i inadvertently sparked off a raging socio communal issue :) lets start, the word ‘immigrant’ in the context was nothing derogatory, it was used to broadly define a set of people who have arrived recently in bangalore.. and nope, it was never ‘outsiders’… about moving forward together, yes i agree we have to, but the way i see it, we have been doing so, while understanding that we are diverse… realising the diversity and still making a collective effort is maturity…we can still make it a good trip, dont you think?… in mumbai, everyone’s a mumbaikar, bangalore is still evolving that city spirit… for example, the way people in mumbai react to floods is vastly different from the way we approach it in our city… and last, yup, i am frustrated, but only because i have to travel that extra couple of kilometres because that damn airport road flyover is taking such a long time :)… and if it makes any difference, i am a keralite, i consider myself an immigrant for simple reasons like not being able to talk to the auto guy in his language, and the cop catching me beacause i dont have a KA registration, it will get corrected but it will take time and effort.. my tone in my last comment was only to reflect the angst,trust me, its there, and unless i acknowledge the perspective, i can never solve it… so can we continue from where we originally left off…

  18. Abhishek (unregistered) on June 13th, 2006 @ 4:35 pm

    I was just going thru the posts, one thing is for sure. Does anyone know the telephone numbers where we can complaint about auto drivers. I think they are the ones who wont mind doing anything for money. I ve seen auto drivers assaulting senior citizens from north india

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