Max crimes against tourists are burglaries

PTI, PANAJI | 13 July 2012 20:50 IST

Goa being a favourite tourist destination in the country, almost 70 per cent of police cases related to tourists are pertaining to theft, robbery and dacoity, according to state police records.

The state Home department, in figures tabled before the Legislative Assembly, has mentioned that since 2009 till date, a total of 452 crimes were committed in Goa against tourists.

"Of which 312 cases were related to theft, burglaries and dacoities," the report said.

Incidentally, British travel advisory updated two months ago identified the Goan beach villages of Calangute and Candolim as hubs of theft and bag-snatching gangs.

"Travellers staying in hotels on smaller roads in the Candolim-Calangute belt are advised to be particularly careful when walking to or from the main road as there have been reports of bag snatching taking place on these stretches since the beginning of 2012," the advisory had said.

In 2009, 94 cases of crime committed against the tourists were registered, of which 61 were of theft, robbery and dacoity and in 2010, out of 163 cases against the visitors, 120 were of similar nature.

The trend continued in 2011 when out of 129 cases, 94 were of similar crimes.

For the current year, 66 cases related to tourists are reported of which 37 are of theft, robbery and dacoity.

The records placed before the Assembly mentioned that majority of the cases were closed as the culprits could not be identified and the complainants left for their native places.

Police record also indicates that several foreign visitors were being robbed in their hotel rooms.

Majority of these cases are reported in police stations in the beach belt. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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