Cops go old school to catch bad guys


Bengaluru Traffic police are relying on age-old methods like garages, car spare parts, informers and CCTV visuals to nab the culprits of hit-and-run cases

It’s not easy tracking down the accused of hit-and-run cases. In most cases, the accused flee without a trace. However, cops are now using a variety of tricks and techniques to catch these offenders. Garages, spare parts of cars, number plates, informers and CCTV visuals have come to the aid of the cops in identifying and booking the accused.

In 2020, the city recorded 194 hit-and-run cases. Of these, the accused of 63 cases have not been tracked till date and 131 offenders were caught. According to the latest data released by the Bengaluru Traffic police, 29 offenders were caught with help of CCTV visuals, 47 via informers, six by analysing spare parts of cars, two via garages, one each from call detail records, and Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report.

In 45 other cases, identification of number plates by victims helped the cops nab the accused. The city police claim that out of the 131 cases, the accused in 54 were caught within 24 hours, 35 within two days, 35 in a week, four after a month and three after three months.

The maximum number of hit-and-run cases has been reported in the city between 6 pm and 6 am (especially between 12 am and 6 am). According to cops, there are multiple reasons behind this. Firstly, in the middle of the night, the hit-and-run cases could have been due to reckless driving and escaping from the scene, while others might have escaped in darkness assuming that CCTV cameras could not capture the footage.

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Around 50 per cent of the hit-and-run cases are reported from main roads. The year 2020 has seen a reduction in hit-and-run cases (28 per cent lesser than 2018 and 39 per cent lesser than 2019).

Wear a helmet, please

Around 70 per cent of the deaths due to accidents in the city are caused from head injuries, from not wearing a helmet while riding. An analysis reveals that out of 657 deaths, 465 were from head injuries, 39 due to facial injuries, nine due to spinal cord injuries, 38 due to stomach injuries, 42 due to chest injuries, 27 due to injuries to hands and legs and 27 in other parts of the body.

However, accidents in the city’s black spots have reduced comparatively. While there were 242 accidents in 2018 at black spots, the number went up to 282 in 2019 and 162 in 2020. It seems that the lockdown had an effect in reducing accidents.

Rs 389 crore yet to be collected

Guess how much traffic violators owe to the traffic department? The Bengaluru Traffic Police are yet to collect Rs 389 crore as traffic fines. According to the data , there are 1,01,41,807 cases where fines were yet to be collected in the last three years and the pending collection is Rs 3,89,49,45,600 — since 2018. Surprisingly, the maximum fine is yet to be collected in 2020 where the pending amount is Rs 3,09,35,95,700.
The offences in 2020 included jumping traffic signals (8.9 lakh cases), illegal parking (7.2 lakh cases), no entry (3.53 lakh), driving without a helmet (3.18 lakh), driving without safety belt (3.08 lakh) and using mobile phone (2.23 lakh).



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Sagar Biswas

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