According to the report, a total of 48,31,515 cognizable crimes comprising 29,75,711 Indian Penal Code (IPC) crimes and 18,55,804 Special & Local Laws (SLL) crimes were reported across India in 2016.
Last year, out of 4,94,404 theft cases reported across the country, 2,13,765 cases were of auto thefts.
Delhi reported the highest crime rate against women at 160.4% against the national average rate of 55.2%.
At the other end of the crime spectrum, cybercrimes increased marginally by 6.3% in 2016, as opposed to 2015.
The overall incidence of rape across Indian states saw an increase of 12.4 per cent - going up from the 2015 data of 34,651 cases to the 2016 data of 38,947 cases.More news: No Christmas tree shortage in western MA
The number of cyber crimes has dipped from 703 in 2014 to 593 in 2016. Maharashtra is the only state in India which is opening one cyber crime police station in each district. UP was followed by West Bengal at 9.6% (32,513 cases).
It may be noted that of these three states, the BJP was not in power in Uttar Pradesh during the time when these cases were reported as the state had a Samajwadi Party government, led by Akhilesh Yadav in 2016. Mumbai also had the second highest number of rape cases, at 712 cases, after Delhi that had 1,996 cases.
In the south, Karnataka figured on the list with 42 cases of communal violence while Kerala had 21 instances and Tamil Nadu had five communal incidents during the year 2016. The rate for violent crime in Mumbai stands at 33.1 cases per lakh as against the average of 40.6 in the top metropolitan cities of the country.
While Uttar Pradesh reported 4,889 murder cases, the national capital reported almost 40 percent of rape cases.
The NCRB report also revealed that out of a total of 56,516 arms seized in 2016, Uttar Pradesh accounted for almost half, at 27,189. "We are open to register cyber crime cases and have been continuously spreading awareness among people regarding cyber threats".
The total 1879 and 2195 cyber crime cases, registered under sections of IT Act and IPC Act, were registered in 2014 and 2015 respectively in Maharashtra.