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More than 50 tourists died in 2015

More than 50 foreign tourists died in Cambodia last year, according to the latest Phnom Penh municipal police report.

The number of police incidents involving tourists stood at 280 in 2015, which deputy director of tourism police Dam Saray said was a decrease from 2014, though he could not give an exact figure.

The leading causes of death and injury in tourists were heart attack, disease, traffic accidents and suicides, with two people murdered while travelling.

There were roughly 50 crimes committed against tourists, including illegal detention, robbery and bag snatching, especially in Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and Phnom Penh, Saray said.

The bulk of tourist complaints were for lost or forgotten goods, at 142. But Saray said the raft of complaints was not a major issue, saying tourists would report to police even for trivial matters.

“The foreigners will file the complaint even if they lost their glasses,” he said.

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