Sibu records spike in crime cases for this year

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By Chew Lip Song

IT’S not even the end of March yet, but Sibu has recorded a sharp increase in violent and property crime.

Sibu division recorded 242 cases of violent and property crime between Jan and March 3, compared with 140 cases for the same period last year. This represents a 72.8% increase, The Star reported.

Sibu District Police Chief (ACP) Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said the increase was due to the hike in the number of theft cases, house break-ins and robbery without a firearm.

“All three types of cases have contributed to the sharp rise in the crime index for the first two months of the year,” he said.

He said 112 cases of robbery were recorded between Jan 1 and March 3 compared to just 27 cases in the same period last year.

He added that there was also an increase of 19.2% (62) cases if house break-ins as of March 3 this year compared to 52 cases in the same period last year, while 12 cases of robbery were recorded this year compared to just two cases in the same period last year.

“So far, a total of 86 people were arrested for various offences from this year compared to 141 in the same period last year,” Stanley revealed.

He also said that during this period, a total of 132 criminal cases had been solved compared to 128 cases in 2019.

He assured that security in the city was under control.

“We will work harder to deliver more effective service in order to create a safe and comfortable environment,” he said.