Seven states record crime index lower than national level

KUALA LUMPUR: Seven states have recorded a crime index ratio below the national level.

The states are Sarawak (214.6), Perlis (207.5), Perak (195.8), Pahang (195.7), Kelantan (188.2), Terengganu (150.3) and Sabah (143.5).

The ratio per 100,000 population for the whole country last year improved to 256.6 compared to 273.5 in 2018, said chief statistician Datuk Seri Mohd Uzir Mahidin (pic) of the Statistics Department.

“The crime index ratio for all states declined except for Penang (3.7%), Sarawak (4.2%) and Terengganu (1.3%), ” he said.

He said in a statement that cases of rape and causing injury increased by 5.5% and 2.9% respectively in 2019 compared to the previous year.

“On the other hand, the percentage of robbery and murder decreased 5.3% and 4% during the same period, ” Uzir said, noting that the percentage of house break-ins and theft increased 4.8% in 2019.

“Three types of criminal cases showed a decline last year, namely vehicle theft (14.1%), snatch theft (86.2%) and other theft (1.7%), ” he added.

Uzir said the number of children under 18 years old involved in crime decreased by 8.7% from 5,294 cases in 2018 to 4,833 cases in 2019.

“The number of boys involved in crime also decreased by 9.2% while girls remained the same as in the previous year with 290, ” he added.

He also said that the number of drug addicts arrested last year showed a decline compared to the previous year, especially in Kelantan, Pahang, Negri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur and Perlis.

“The highest number of drug addicts arrested was in Kedah (3,582 people) followed by Kelantan (2,998) and Penang (2,893) in 2019, ” he said.

On efforts to curb corruption, Uzir said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission made 23.2% more arrests last year compared to 2018.

This was attributed to offences of giving bribery (79.0%) and false claims (35.8%).

“On the contrary, arrests for misuse of position and other offences declined at the rate of 24.7% and 9.8%, respectively, ” he added.

Uzir said the number of convicted prisoners’ admission increased by 17.9% in 2019 (138,044) compared to 2018 (117,090).

“Selangor recorded the highest number of convicted prisoners’ admission at 40,882 people followed by Sabah (15,695), Johor (14,297) and Penang (10,050), ” he added.

The department also implemented the Population and Housing Census Malaysia 2020 through two phases, with the first from July 7 to Dec 21 via online (e-Census), and the second one will begin from Jan 20 to Feb 6 next year via face-to-face interviews.

“Further information on Census 2020 can be obtained through the census portal or social media @MyCensus2020, ” he said.

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