Crime drops by four percent

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Crime in the capital decreased in the first half of this year compared to the same period last year, a police report showed.

Phnom Penh Municipal Police Chief Choun Sovann released a report on Friday regarding the security situation in the capital, including a breakdown of crime statistics.

According to the report, there were 457 cases of criminal offences in the first six months, a four percent drop – or 19 cases – compared to the first half of 2016.

“Criminal offences caused 26 deaths and 114 injuries, while six people had their vehicles stolen, 10 had their mobile phones stolen and 16 had their motorbikes stolen,” the report added.

Mr Sovanna said in the report that felony cases also decreased by nearly 32 percent, or 31 cases, but noted misdemeanours have risen.

“Misdemeanour cases increased,” he said. “There were 389 cases so far this year, an increase of 12 cases, about three percent.”

Mr Sovanna also broke down where the all the crimes occurred.

Por Senchey district saw 69 cases; Chamkarmon district 58 cases; Sen Sok district 58 cases; Daun Penh district 57 cases; Toul Kok district 47 cases; Russei Keo district 43 cases; Meanchey district 41 cases; Dangkor district 26 cases; 7 Makara district 23 cases; Chbar Ampov district 18 cases; Chroy Changva district nine cases; and Prek Pnov district eight cases.

Mr Sovann appealed to all his officials to remain vigilant to protect those living in the city and continue their good work to reduce crime as the 2018 national election nears.

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