Every year in the Kollam District dozens of people are murdered. Many of these murders may not even be reported to authorities in order to be investigated. However, in more recent years murder rates have been dropping rather than increasing in number. Over 35 people were killed in the Kollam District in 2008 yet only three years later in 2011 only about 20 were killed. That’s a significant drop in the crime rate. For the Kollam District in Kerala, India this is considered to be good overall for the population of the region.
Some of the biggest drops in crimes have been against women in more recent years. There were drops in dowry deaths in 2010 and 2011 in Kollam than from earlier years. Dowry deaths have dropped mostly from higher arrest rates as well as convictions for people who are found guilty of killing women and girls over dowry disputes. Although overall there has been a drop in murder rates, it has not stopped an increase in overall criminal activity. Police from Kollam District have reported an upwards trend in an annual count of over 10,000 crimes being committed each year over the the last six years since 2006.