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National Military Police probe 2,400 cases of crime in 2019

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A group of men were arrested by the Military Police for stealing motorbikes in Banteay Meanchey province last week. MILITARY POLICE

National Military Police probe 2,400 cases of crime in 2019

The National Military Police received 2,550 reports of crime across the Kingdom this year, said a report released at its annual meeting in the capital on Thursday.

It said of the figure, 2,398 cases were investigated by the National Military Police force, with 800 requiring further investigation.

And of the 2,398 cases that have already been probed, 963 involved drug dealing, drug use (188), murder (14), kidnapping (13), rape (35), theft with aggravating circumstances (28) and violence with aggravating circumstances (67).

Also investigated were eight cases of human trafficking, robberies (142), street snatchings (33), fraud (33), intentional acts of violence (27), unlawful use and possession of weapons (21), planting marijuana (four), causing intentional damage (16), breach of trust (30) and gambling (48).

Rights group Adhoc spokesman Soeung Sen Karuna said on Thursday that the report was proof of the military police’s efforts in law enforcement and crime prevention. However, he said the relevant authorities must cooperate with the force as well to decrease the number of crimes committed in the country.

“It’s good that they highlighted the achievements of the military police officers, which was achieved through a whole year of hard work. It contributes to boosting morale and maintaining social order and security,” he said.

However, drawing from posts on social media, he noted that crimes do not seem to have decreased, while drug abuse and rape cases are prevalent.

“We want to see firmer and better action against crimes. The authorities should expend more effort in educating people about the law,” said Sen Karuna.

National Military Police spokesman Eng Hy could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

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