Crimes across the country, including criminal and misdemeanour cases, increased overall by five percent last year compared to 2017, a National Police report released yesterday showed.
National Police spokesman Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun said that 2,969 crimes were committed last year which was 152 cases more than the 2,817 recorded in 2017.
“We cracked down on 621 criminal cases last year, an increase when compared with 164 cases in 2017,” he said. “There were also 2,348 misdemeanour cases last year, an increase when compared with 2,203 in 2017.”
Lt Gen Kim Khoeun noted that there were 238 murders, 844 injuries, 619 petty crimes, 353 cases of motorbike thefts, and 49 cases of stolen cars last year.
He said that out of the 2,969 crimes cases reported last year, police cracked down on 2,598 and arrested a total of 3,742 people.
Lt Gen Kim Khoeun said some of the major crimes committed last year were robbery, fraud, rape, murder, illegal use of weapons and extortion.
He also said police also investigated 250 transnational crimes and arrested suspects in 148 cases.
The report also said last year there were 311 crimes committed by foreigners compared with 155 cases in 2017, and they involved nationals from 19 countries.
It said that police cracked down on 307 cases and arrested 543 foreigners.
The report added that 1,223 foreigners were found to be living in the Kingdom illegally, noting that there was an increase of crimes against foreigners with 335 cases compared with 325 in 2017.
General Neth Savoeun, Chief of the National Police, said at the meeting that the National Police worked hard to crack down on crimes and will improve this year.
“Last year, some crimes increased, especially theft, robbery and violence,” he said “We must continue to work hard to crack down and prevent crimes to maintain security and safety for the country and the people.”
Gen Savoeun added that this year he hopes that all police officers will work hard to perform their duties better and that all police officers must respect the law and follow rules.