The number of casino-related crimes dropped in the first half of 2011, according to data made public yesterday by the secretary for security, Cheong Kuoc Va. There were 358 cases reported in the first six months of the year, a 17 percent year-on-year drop. Loan sharking (70 cases), pick pocketing (43) and theft of gambling chips (32) were the three major casino-related cases detected from January to June. Mr Lau also showed some concern regarding the overall increase of kidnapping cases in Macau from 31 to 51, a rise he said was “related to gaming activities”. The official said the government would strengthen policing in casino areas and improve awareness to fight casino-related crimes.