Labuan sees drop in crime rate

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  • Wednesday, 06 Jan 2010

LABUAN: The crime rate here dropped by almost 6% last year with 302 cases compared with 321 in 2008.

Theft still topped the list with 120 cases compared with 118 in 2008.

Labuan police chief Supt Saiman Kasran told Bernama that gang robbery cases dropped significantly from 19 to seven, and violent crimes such as murder, rape, molestation and extortion from 92 cases to 83.

Motorcycle theft also dropped from 20 in 2008 to 17 last year.

“It is important for the island to be crime-free as it is an international financial offshore centre as well as an oil and gas hub with an increasing number of expatriates,” he added.

In SIBU, police managed to bring the crime rate down by 10.67% (or 1,109 cases) last year compared to 2008.

“We need to do more to make the town free of serious crime,” district police chief ACP Shafie Ismail told reporters.

He said serious crime had increased by 16.6% or 82 cases.

Shafie also said that 10 people were arrested last year on suspicion of gangsterism under Ops Cantas Kenyalang.

This year, he said, the police would focus on combating prostitution organised by syndicates, gangsterism, gambling, cockfighting, snatch thefts and robbery. — Bernama

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