The crime rate, including many misdemeanor offences, has increased this year compared with last year, a police report released on Wednesday shows.
General Kirth Chantharith, the spokesman for the National Police, said at an annual meeting on Koh Pich on Wednesday of commune police administration officers that authorities had handled 2,424 cases and arrested 3,404 people.
According to the annual report, a total of 2,817 crimes were reported in 2017 and in 2016 the number was 2,785, a one percent rise.
He said most of the offences were misdemeanors and serious crimes decreased six percent with a total of 676 in 2017 compared with 716 for the same period in 2016.
Armed robberies, bag snatching and drug offences were the main issues that police and authorities have been cracking down on.