Kollam city in southern Kerala with a population of 1.1 million, has beaten the mega-cities Delhi and Mumbai in high incidences of crime in 2015. Data released by the National Crime Records Bureau shows Kollam with a crime rate of 1194.3, above Delhi (1066.2), Mumbai at (223.2) and Kolkata at (170).
Kollam recorded 13,257 crimes and contributed 2 percent to the all-India total.
Figures show Kollam recorded 172 incidents of assault on women, of which all are cases of sexual harassment. In sexual harassment cases Kollam with a crime rate of 15.5 ranked second only to Bhopal.
NCRB data shows Kerala ahead of bigger more populous states, when it came to political or student riot cases in 2015. Kollam also recorded high incidence of road accidents with 149 cases of death due to rash driving or road rage.
Much of these statistics on crime in Kerala is attributed to maximum reporting of cases. Officials often cite this reason for the state routinely turning up among the top states in terms of crime.