Crime statistics for the first half of 2012

Crime statistics for the first half of the year showed a significant drop in robberies, thanks to promotional anti crime campaigns and related initiatives.
In the first six months of this year there were 126 cases of robberies, a 5.7 per cent drop compared with the first six months of 2011.
This was disclosed by the Secretary for Security, Mr Cheong Kuoc Va, at a press conference today at the security force headquarters on crime statistics for the first half of 2012. Mr Cheong said police would continue with their initiatives, and to educate residents and visitors on crime prevention.
Juvenile crimes recorded 45 cases with a drop of 26.2 per cent from the corresponding period last year. However, total crimes recorded a 5 per cent increase with 6,222 cases (+294 cases). This was mainly in cases of theft where people found property and not return them. Mr Cheong appealed to residents and visitors to look after their own properties carefully: more promotional activities would be launched shortly to educate them about this.
Crimes against property increased 8.9 per cent with a total of 3,612 cases in the reporting period: pick-pocketing cases recorded a drop of 5.7 per cent.
In Crimes Against The Person -- one of the five major categories of crimes classified in the Penal Code of Macao – Wounding accounted for a drop of 5.7 per cent to 816 cases. Criminal intimidation cases increased 53.4 per cent to 47 cases. Crimes against society increased 1.4 per cent with 347 cases, due to a 55.3 per cent increase in the use of forged documents.
Other crimes not included in the above classifications increased 4.1 per cent, with 660 cases.

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