Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Officials claim minimal crime, despite shooting

Officials claim minimal crime, despite shooting

Officials claim minimal crime, despite shooting

New Year’s Eve, often associated with rowdy revellers in Western countries, was practically devoid of crime in Cambodia due to Cambodians’ desire for “peace and progress”, police maintained yesterday.

Despite the fact that officials’ tabulations left out a drug-raid shootout that left one suspect wounded, National Police spokesman Lieutenant General Kirth Chantharith and others maintained yesterday that throughout the entire country, only one crime – the theft of a foreigner’s wallet – had been reported on New Year’s Eve.

“I would like to say that this New Year’s Eve was a good year.… There were lots of Cambodian people travelling to celebrate the New Year, but only one crime happened in Cambodia,” Chantharith said. “This shows that Cambodian people’s knowledge has improved and progressed now,” he continued. “They want their society and their country to have peace and progress.”

Acting Phnom Penh police chief Lieutenant General Mok Chito seconded Chantharith’s assessment, saying there had been only one theft in the city this year, compared to last year’s three, though he attributed the lack of crime to other factors.

“We noted that the reason why no more crimes happened this New Year’s Eve was because we have been deploying many police and military police as civil forces everywhere in the city,” he said.

Cheth Vanny, deputy chief of Battambang Provincial Police, also said that his jurisdiction had been totally quiet.

However, authorities weren’t so lucky on the traffic front, with both road accidents and fatalities up from last year, said Major General Him Yann, chief of the Traffic Police Department at the Ministry of Interior.

“According to our traffic accident report, there were a total of 20 cases of traffic accidents in which eight people died this New Year’s Eve, while there were 10 cases of traffic accidents in which six people died last year across the Kingdom,” he said.

“The reason why it increased was because there were more people travelling to meet with their families in the cities or provinces, and they were driving fast,” he added.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince injured, wife dies after accident

    THE wife of former First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Ouk Phalla, 39, died while the prince was “severely” injured following a road accident in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nub district on Sunday morning, officials said. Rananriddh, who is also the president of the Funcinpec

  • Guards protest dismissals, reject claims of sharing naked photos of child

    Some 20 former security guards at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh protested on Tuesday against their dismissal. They accused their employers of falsely claiming they had viewed and shared child pornography from their mobile phones as grounds for their termination. In total, 32 personnel were dismissed

  • Bun Heang mocks US, threatens its citizens in scathing open letter

    After being hit with sanctions from the US Department of Treasury, Cambodian General Hing Bun Heang said he would retaliate against any US national who does not respect his country’s sovereignty, has ambitions to invade Cambodia or incites “traitors” in the Kingdom to do

  • Funcinpec urges probe into deadly Preah Sihanouk accident

    THE Funcinpec party has urged the government, especially the Ministry of Interior, to investigate the traffic accident in Preah Sihanouk province which left Prince Norodom Ranariddh badly injured and his wife Ouk Phalla dead. Funcinpec Vice President You Hokry told reporters at Botum Votey pagoda,