Crimes declined 17% in 2015: NCSI report

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Crimes in the sultanate declined 17 per cent in 2015 as compared to 2014, a recent report by the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI) shows. Figures show that the number of offenders decreased 1.3 per cent to 26,655 in 2015 from 27,012 in 2014.

Categorising offenders on the basis of crimes committed, the report shows that Labour Law violators topped the list at 25.9 per cent. Of these, three-quarters were infiltrators. Financial crimes stood at 20.7 per cent which included theft, arson, fraud and money laundering. The report also shows that crimes against individuals accounted for 19.1 per cent of the total.

This included abuses and insults, threats, murder, human trafficking and abortion. Also, 18.2 per cent of the total offenders were involved in drug offences. Of these, 3.4 per cent were involved in alcohol related crimes. Offenders booked for violating public decency and ethics (including prostitution, assaults, public gambling, adultery and inciting sodomy and debauchery) constituted 2.6 per cent of the total crimes.

The lowest percentage of violations involved crimes related to Arms and Ammunition Act (0.7 per cent).

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