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     FrontPage Edition: Tue 14 August 2007

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Singapore Crime Situation for first half 2007


Crime Situation for Jan - Jun 2007
Overall crime remained at the same level for the same period last year. In Jan-Jun 2007, overall crime recorded 16,118 cases, up 25 cases compared to the 16,093 cases in the same period last year.
This represents a marginal 0.2% difference. Thus, the crime situation in Singapore is under control.
Focusing on index crimes, compared to Jan-Jun 2006, housebreaking and related offences for Jan-Jun 2007 were significantly lower (-10%). Murder cases were also fewer this year (from 12 cases in Jan-Jun 2006 to 6 cases in Jan-Jan 2007). All murder cases have since been solved.
While the figures for outraging of modesty and cheating and related offences were not significantly different, index crimes that were significantly higher in Jan-Jun 2007 from the same period in 2006 were rape, motor vehicle theft, robbery and snatch theft.
However, there is no cause for alarm. For rape, which saw the greatest percentage increase of 32%, the vast majority of cases (90%) involved offenders who are known to their victims.
The higher motor vehicle theft cases registered this year should be seen in the context of a very low figure registered last year. In fact, the figure of 543 cases for this year is the second lowest in the last 5 years.
For robbery, although there has been an increase of 38 cases from last year, it is still 121 cases less than the same period in 2005. Snatch theft saw an increase of 66 cases from last year, undoing the improvement made in 2006 over 2005.
Police are particularly concerned with the number of elderly victims falling prey to snatch theft. In Jan-Jun 2007, there were 88 elderly victims of snatch theft, up 45 persons in the same period last year. Elderly victims of cheating and related offences also rose from 50 to 61 persons in Jan-Jun 2007.
Similar to previous years, theft and related offences1 accounted for majority (61%) of overall crime cases reported. As compared to Jan-Jun last year, a slight increase of 1% was registered.
In terms of arrest, the total number of persons arrested registered a 5% decrease for the first half of this year. Youth arrests also recorded a decrease of 3% as compared to the same period last year.
The fall in arrests are largely attributable to a fall in certain theft categories. About 4 in 10 arrests involving selected major offences2 are made with the assistance of the public.
1 Theft & related offences include other theft, theft in dwelling (in hotels & shops), shop theft, theft of bicycle, theft from person, etc and also includes the index crimes motor vehicle theft and snatch theft.
2 These major offences include murder, rape, outraging of modesty, robbery, housebreaking, motor vehicle theft and snatch theft.

Source: 14 Aug 2007

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