According to police records, a total of 2117 IPC and non-IPC cases were registered in 2012 compared to the previous year’s 2238 cases. These were cases registered in northern range, including Aizawl, Champhai, Serchhip, Mamit and Kolasib districts.
Crime reports from Saiha, Lawngtlai and Lunglei districts, which fall under southern range, are not available.
While IPC cases increased by 34, which accounted for 2.28 per cent of the total IPC cases, non-IPC cases fell by 115 (20.61 per cent), resulting in an overall decrease in crime rate.
However, major crimes like rape and murder were still on the rise at 33.15 per cent and 18.18 per cent respectively. Theft and burglary cases decreased by 6.47 per cent and 1.09 per cent respectively, the sources said.