Hyderabad: The total number of reported crime cases in Hyderabad Commissionerate limits has dropped by around 13 percent during 2011 when compared to last year, a top police official said on Thursday.

"The overall crime cases decreased from 16,703 last year to 14,718 this year. However, cyber crimes went up to 68 case against 53 last year," Hyderabad Police Commissioner A K Khan told reporters at a press conference here.

Offences pertaining to murders, robbery and dacoity, house breaks, theft, kidnappings, cheating among other related crimes saw a drop, Khan said, adding there was an increase of snatching cases to 884 from 851 in 2010.

Though, overall crime cases against women fell to 1,623 this year when compared to 1,779 during the previous year, rape cases went up to 56 this year as against 43 in the year before, he said and pointed out that in most of the cases the accused and the victim knew each other and lived together.

"It is proposed to create three more women police stations in addition to the existing three women police stations in the city," Khan said.

With the number of religious and other processions getting doubled in the last five years in the city, Khan said there was a need to hold discussions with religious leaders and to restrict such processions as it was necessitating heavy bandobust arrangements.

"Large number of officers and police personnel are required to make arrangements and maintain peace during these processions. Such force could be otherwise utilised for better crime control and law and order maintenance," the police commissioner said.

Khan said as many as 43 police officials were placed under suspension and dealt with disciplinary proceedings for their alleged involvement in crime cases.