The country’s crime rate, including many misdemeanour offences, has increased this year compared with last year, a police report released yesterday showed.
General Kirth Chantharith, spokesman for the National Police, said at an annual meeting on Koh Pich yesterday 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.
Gen Chantharith said most of the offences were misdemeanours 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.
Last week, General Meas Vyrith, general secretary of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, said there were 5,549 drug cases this year. This was a rise of 2,143 cases, or 63 percent, on the first nine months of 2016.
Police and military police arrested 12,255 people, an increase of 4,158 people, or 51 percent, over 2016.
“We confiscated 359 kilos of drugs including methamphetamine, ecstasy, heroin, cocaine and ketamine,” Gen Vyrith said.
Interior Minister Sar Kheng said all security forces in the country should increase their cooperation.
“We must work hard to guarantee the safety of our people, and pay attention to all forms of crime, especially robbery, human trafficking and drug offences,” he said.
Mr Kheng also told police officials to educate people about the serious mistakes committed by former CNRP president Kem Sokha.
Mr Kheng said that while the majority of the population supported the government’s proceedings, some people still do not understand.
“I require national police officers and commune administrators who interact with people every day to educate them,” he said. “People need to understand that colluding with foreigners to topple the government cannot be forgiven.”
Mr Kheng said some foreign countries accused the government of being undemocratic and repressive.
“I clarify that it is necessary to implement the law to strengthen the rule of law, which in turn strengthens democracy,” he said.