Penang’s crime index last year dropped 43 percent

GEORGE TOWN: The overall crime index in Penang over the past year showed a decrease of 2,657 cases or 43.4 percent.

State Police Chief, Datuk Mohd. Shuhaily Mohd. Zain said, it is based on the threshold value count for the period from 1 January to 31 December 2022 which is 6,120 cases compared to the index crime which is 3,463 cases.

Commenting further, he said, for the violent crime category, the total threshold value is 1,488 cases compared to the index crime which is 946 cases, a decrease of 542 cases or 36.4 percent.

As for property crime, he added, the threshold value is 4,632 cases compared to the index crime of 2,517 cases, a decrease of 2,115 cases or 45.7 percent.

“Overall, the success achieved in terms of the decrease in the index crime rate last year was contributed by the results of planning in 2021,” he said in a press conference at the Regional 1 Marine Police Force Headquarters, here today.

He added that during the past year as well, a total of 8,641 investigation papers were opened and 4,290 or 49.65 percent of the investigation papers were accused.

Compared to 2021, he said, a total of 8,695 investigation papers were opened and 3,812 or 43.84 percent were accused of which the increase in charges compared to 2021 was 478 cases or equivalent to 12.5 percent.

Add Mohd. Shuhaily, throughout the past year as well, the state Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department managed to seize various types of drugs worth RM15.56 million with 13,110 people arrested.

“Of that number, a total of 2,494 people were detained under the supply category; possession (7,463) and urine (3,153).

“The state’s Narcotics Crime Investigation Department has also been recognized as the number two in the country in confiscation of property which is RM14.78 million,” he said.

He added that throughout the past year as well, a total of 2,546 commercial crime cases were recorded with a total loss of approximately RM122.17 million compared to 2021 where 3,209 cases were recorded with a total loss of RM538.20 million.

“This shows that there has been a decrease in investigated cases of 20.7 percent and a decrease in total losses by 77.3 percent last year compared to 2021,” he said.

He added that during the past year as well, the state’s Commercial Crime Investigation Department had conducted 1,715 operations with a total of 1,757 arrests while the results of those operations recorded a case resolution of 40.1 percent. – MESSENGER

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