Violent crimes fall by half in Q1 – Police

Police authorities revealed today (Monday) that there has been a 50 per cent year-on-year fall in violent crimes reported in the first three months of this year – which coincided with the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic – with some 79 cases reported.

Most of the violent crimes reported concerned kidnappings – generally associated with gaming debt collections by loan shark groups – which went down by 68 per cent year-on-year to some 58.

One homicide was reported in this period, the same number as at the same time last year, with a young woman killed in an incident in the Pat Tat San Chun building in Areia Preta in January.

The case involved a mainland woman in her 30s who after a dispute with a love interest went to his house, located on Avenida de Venceslau de Morais, armed with a knife.

She then attacked the man’s wife, his mother and his son, with the wife dying of the injuries.

In the same period, drug trafficking crimes dropped 32 per cent year-on-year to 19 cases, with theft falling 10 per cent to 12 cases.

Citing public health concerns, authorities chose not to hold the usual crime evaluation report press conference with the Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak, and only divulging the respective crime data online.

However, the Office of the Secretary suggested the decrease in crimes reported could be associated with the large decrease in the number of tourists coming to the city, due to the restrictions imposed to contain the pandemic

Overall crime cases reported by police authorities saw a 28 per cent year-on-year drop in the first three months of this year, with a total of 2,412 crime cases registered.

About 59 per cent of these were crimes against property, which involved mainly theft crimes.

A total of 74 crimes of disobedience against authorities were also reported, a 34.5 per cent year-on-year fall.

A total of 937 people were forwarded to the Public Prosecutions Office for investigations between January and March, less 42.6 per cent year-on-year.