By Chew Lip Song
KUCHING, Miri and Sibu were the three most dangerous places to live in in Sarawak for 2019, accounting for almost 70 per cent of the total violent crime cases that took place for the entire state.
Kuching recorded 215 violent crime cases during the year, followed by Miri (168) and Sibu (124), according to the latest data released by the Statistics Department on Friday.
The Crime Statistics Malaysia 2020 Report showed that 725 violent crime took place in 2019 in Sarawak, a dip of about 10 per cent from the previous year’s total of 811.
Violent crime are listed as murder, rape, robbery and causing injury.
A total of 27 murder cases were reported in the state in 2019, of which four each were in Sibu and Bintulu and three in Kota Samarahan.
For rape, Sibu recorded 23 cases, followed by Kuching (18) and Miri (17). State-wide, there were 149 rape cases reported in 2019.
Five armed gang robberies took place in Sarawak during that period with one each in Sibu, Tatau, Meradong, Miri and Kota Samarahan.
For unarmed gang robberies, 243 cases were reported, with Kuching topping the list with 77, followed by Miri (38), Padawan (30) and Sibu (26).
Miri also recorded 73 cases of causing injury during the period, followed by Kuching (68) and Sibu (44). In total, there were 335 such cases reported.