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Police note decrease in foreigner crimes

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Crimes involving foreigners in the Kingdom have dropped by nearly 4.6 percent in the second quarter of this year, according to a National Police report issued yesterday.

General Thong Lim, deputy chief of the National Police, yesterday said there were 84 criminal cases involving foreign nationals throughout April 20 until June 19 this year.

The figure shows a 4.54 percent decrease when compared to the same period last year, when there were 88 criminal cases involving foreign nationals.

“The National Police made 450 arrests, which consisted of 17 foreign nationals on 11 different offences,” he said. “The top perpetrators were Chinese nationals, followed by Vietnamese, Indians, South Koreans and Ukrainians.”

Gen Lim added that the highest number of foreigner crimes occurred in Preah Sihanouk and Svay Rieng provinces and in Phnom Penh.

Additionally, the report noted that 181 foreign nationals from 30 different countries were victims of a crime in the same period.

The number was recorded from a total of 161 cases, which was a decrease of 9.5 percent in the number of cases when compared to the same period last year, when 178 cases occurred that involved foreign victims.

It added that most foreign victims were Chinese nationals, followed by Vietnamese, French, English and US nationals.

National Police spokesman Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun yesterday said foreigner crimes are likely to occur because the number of foreign investors and tourists in the Kingdom has risen in recent years.

Yong Kim Eng, People Centre for Development and Peace president, expressed uncertainty over the figures in the report.

“I have no background regarding how police are tackling the issue, but as I have observed, there are still a lot of foreign perpetrators,” Mr Kim Eng said. “They have committed outrageous offences, causing social disorder and endangering national security.”

He noted that relevant ministries should cooperate with relevant countries to increase security and prevent foreigner crimes across the Kingdom.

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