Due to reports of unabated street crimes in the metropolis, Police has announced a grand operation with assistance of paramilitary against street criminals on Monday, said police chief Mushtaq Maher.

Maher said that there is a strong nexus of street criminals with drug mafia which is not easy to break.

“Two years back it was terrorism which was the biggest source of concern for media, civil society and NGOs, today it has been replaced by street crimes,” Maher said. “Though there has not been an evident change in the graph of street crime from last two years. But now our complete focus will be on it.”

He added that after thorough investigation with the arrested suspects, it was known that in the long run eventually there is a connection between street criminals and drug mafia.

Maher said that it is difficult to arrest the mobile snatcher because they tend to corrupt the IMEI number of stolen phones immediately after snatching, he informed that there is an ongoing discussions going on between Police and telecom industry to introduce a system which traces mobile even on a corrupt IMEI.

The menace of street crime continues to plague the metropolis even after years of an ongoing operation to curb crime in the city was launched.

According to statistical data on various crimes reported in Karachi, maintained by the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC), over one thousand mobile phones were snatched in any given month with the highest in January 2016 when nearly 1,600 mobile phones were snatched. Similarly, over 1,400 mobile phones were stolen in any given month of 2016.

According to sources there are certain hotspots where street crime continues unabated, they include areas between Golimar and New Karachi, Liquatabad to Yousuf Plaza, Kala Pul to Korangi and Defence Library, Gulshan-e-Iqbal (Sabzi Mandi) to Malir Cantonment.