National Police Commissioner Neth Savoeun on Wednesday appealed to all units to strengthen crackdowns and provide more active protection as snatching crimes have increased in the past few years.
While presiding over the closing ceremony of Phnom Penh police’s annual meeting, General Savoeun asked all units to work expediently, especially commune police offices, to keep up with the needs of the people and strengthen crackdowns.
He also ordered an increased police presence in areas with heavy traffic congestion.
“All provincial and district officers follow a specific plan and are strictly supervised by the commanding unit. Stealing and snatching crimes have increased so we must work together to prevent them,” Gen Savoeun said.
He added that the number of new offences in 2017 decreased dramatically, but called on all units to work together to crackdown on robberies and snatchings to improve the safety of both citizens and foreign tourists.
“We see snatching cases have increased, so do not be negligent,” Gen Savoeun said. “We have to find and punish the offenders and investigate cases that have already taken place.”
The Interior Ministry’s annual report last week showed that crimes such as theft with aggravating circumstances, rape, intentional murder and fraud decreased in 2017 while misdemeanours, such as snatching crimes, increased.
It said a total of 2,817 crimes were reported in 2017, a slight increase from the 2,785 crimes seen in 2016.
The report added most of the offences were misdemeanours, while serious crimes decreased six percent with a total of 676 last year compared with 716 in 2016.
Armed robberies, bag snatchings and drug offences were the main issues that police and authorities have been cracking down on, according to the report.