JOHOR BARU: The crime rate in Johor went up 4.9% last year from the previous year.
A statement from the police said there were 23,525 cases recorded in the state last year compared with 22,427 in 2004.
Among the types of crime which showed increases were murder, gang armed robberies, daytime break-ins and motorcycle thefts. (see table)
The highest reduction was in firearms robberies, with 17 cases recorded last year compared with 34 in 2004.
There was also a reduction in the number of house break-ins at night.
Snatch thefts cases a major concern among tourists and locals showed a decrease of 14.43% last year from the previous year.
The crime-solving rate for the state was 45.44%, which was much higher than the 20% target set by Interpol.
The statistics came at a time when the states crime rate was being closely scrutinised because of a drop in the number of tourist arrivals, especially from Singapore.
It was reported that arrivals from the republic dropped by 14% or one million people, believed to be due to the citys reputation as being crime-prone.
When contacted, state CID chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Datuk Abdul Rahim said special task forces had been set up to tackle crimes that occurred frequently.
Snatch thefts and murders can be solved quickly because of these teams, he said.
Meanwhile, lawyer Norman Fernandez said at a recent dialogue between the state and the National Association of Travel Agents in Singapore that the state should address the problem of crime before trying to woo tourists back with promotions.
We have to correct the root causes first. We have to do something to reduce crime, and only then should we go abroad and tell them what we have done to address the issue.
Do not just go and say, We are safe, please come back, the Johor DAP vice-chairman said.