1 December 2008
Bukit Aman CID director Datuk Mohd Bakri Zinin has blamed the global economic crisis as of one of reasons for the recent increase in the national crime index.
So far this year Malaysia has seen the number of armed robbery cases rising by 14,143 cases, compared to 17,834 cases last year. Bakri said that the 1.75 per cent increase in cases reported up till October is still considered low in the region. This represents an additional 5,687 cases to 177,141 cases reported.
Property break-ins have increased by 2,732 cases from 19,299 and car thefts increased by 2,534 cases from 10,290 cases compared to 2007. Murder cases were up 538 from 489 cases, while rape cases shot up to 2,943 compared to 2,710 cases last year.
The crime case to population ratio stands at 772 to 100,000, making Malaysia a comparatively safe place to live in, said Bakri. Singapore had 704 cases, Hong Kong 1,166 cases, Japan 1,569 and Australia 4,470 cases, per 100,000 residents.
Bakri also noted that foreigners added to the statistics and were more prone to commit violet crimes that involved brutal killing of victims.
New Straits Times Online – Gang robberies up by 14,143