Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Crime up slightly since start of 2017

Crime up slightly since start of 2017

Police chief Neth Savoeun speaks about a six-month report on nationwide crime statistics at a meeting held yesterday in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied
Police chief Neth Savoeun speaks about a six-month report on nationwide crime statistics at a meeting held yesterday in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied

Crime up slightly since start of 2017

Crime in the Kingdom has risen by 5 percent in the first half of 2017, according to a biannual National Police report released yesterday.

There were a total of 1,410 crimes reported in the first six months of this year, up from 1,349 in the previous six months. Police said they had taken action in 85 percent of criminal cases.

While “misdemeanours”, or crimes warranting a prison sentence of five years or less, were on the rise, felony crimes saw a drop of 13 percent. However, such misdemeanours included the crimes of rape and sexual assault, which observers in the past have said are widely under-reported.

Reported rapes increased by 22 cases, totalling 126 over six months, while there were 36 instances of sexual assault reported to police, up from 21. Unintentional murder cases decreased by almost half, while murder itself dropped by 6.7 percent.

There was a 43 percent drop in robberies, and the use of illegal weapons dropped from 12 cases to just three. The report tabulated victims of violent crime as well – 122 people were killed and 533 were injured.

The report said 63 human trafficking and sexual exploitation cases – involving 144 victims – were sent to the courts, more than doubling the figure from the previous six months.

“Human trafficking has become more complicated to crack down on because recently there have been new types of cases, such as surrogacy, or hiring ladies to be pregnant to give birth to a baby,” the report read, referring to the high-profile arrest of Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles. “And in organ trafficking, they pretend to be relatives to the victim so they go abroad together to transplant the organs.”

A total of 1,139 “gangsters” were arrested, the report said, but of those, just 376 had been sent to the courts.

The Kingdom’s crackdown on drugs also saw a whopping 9,298 people arrested – a figure that has now increased to more than 10,000 as the campaign rolls on – in the first half of the year.

But the report admitted there were just 13 “big” drug trafficking cases, involving 31 arrests and 98 kilograms of seized drugs.

MOST VIEWED

  • Mysterious century-old structure found at bottom of Angkor pond

    The Apsara National Authority (ANA) has discovered a mysterious 1,000-year-old structure of a wooden building at the bottom of a pond after the Angkor Wat temple’s conservation team completed restoring its northern cave. The deputy director at ANA’s Angkor International Research and Documentation

  • Cellcard announces Cambodia’s first use of 5G to help Kingdom during Covid-19

    Cellcard on Friday announced Cambodia’s first use of 5G for a telemedicine service at four locations across Phnom Penh to help the Kingdom’s most critically ill during the Covid-19 outbreak. Cellcard, which is the only 100 per cent Cambodian-owned and "Proudly Khmer" mobile network

  • Former CNRP activist nabbed for offering online English classes

    Authorities detained a high school teacher in Kampong Chhnang province on Thursday after he was caught conducting online classes despite the fact that schools had been ordered to close temporarily to prevent Covid-19 infections. Keo Thai teaches at Boribo High School in Kampong Chhnang and

  • Health ministry warns against using virus-testing machines

    The Ministry of Health has threatened legal action against anyone who publicised their test results after using COVID-19 rapid testing machines. The ministry said such machines were not even approved or recognised for use by the World Health Organisation (WHO). It said test the results

  • National Assembly approves two coal-fired power plants

    The National Assembly (NA) unanimously approved draft laws paving the way for the construction of two coal-fired power plants worth $1.665 billion to supply 100 per cent of electricity required in the Kingdom by 2025. An NA member said at the session that the plants will be located

  • The good and bad of credit growth

    In the last 10 years, the property and construction sectors have propelled Cambodia’s economy. But rising borrowings threaten to dampen its future unless something is done soon They say all good things must come to an end, perhaps not “the” end. A slowdown in real