Kolkata has once again secured the top spot as the safest city in India for the year 2022, according to the latest report from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The data reveals that Kolkata has the least number of cognizable offenses per lakh population, indicating a notable accomplishment in maintaining law and order. The city reported 86.5 cases of cognizable offenses per lakh people, surpassing other major cities in India.

The NCRB data considers crimes falling under the purview of the Indian Penal Code and Special and Local Laws. Kolkata’s impressive performance is evident in the significant reduction in crime rates compared to the previous year. In 2021, the city reported 103.4 cases of cognizable crimes per lakh people, showcasing a commendable drop of over 16% in 2022. The report also highlights Pune (Maharashtra) at 280.7 cases and Hyderabad (Telangana) at 299.2 cases per lakh population, securing the subsequent positions.

The crime rate in Kolkata, as per the NCRB report, is a testament to the dedicated efforts of law enforcement agencies and personnel. The city’s police force, comprising 83 police stations, including specialized units like women’s police stations, cybercrime units, and the Special Task Force (STF), has played a crucial role in upholding public safety. Furthermore, plans to establish additional police stations in Bhangar underscore the commitment to enhancing security measures.

A senior police officer emphasized that the achievement boosts the confidence of law enforcement personnel, acknowledging their tireless efforts to ensure the safety of residents. The NCRB report, titled “Crime in India 2022,” draws data from 36 states and Union Territories, along with central agencies. Despite a delayed release, the report serves as a valuable resource for assessing and addressing crime trends across the country.

While government and law enforcement play a significant role, some experts believe that societal consciousness and active participation in resisting organized crimes contribute to the overall safety of a city. Ranjit Sur of the Association for the Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) expressed the view that left and democratic movements can positively impact crime rates, highlighting the collective responsibility of conscious citizens to foster a secure environment.