Hong Kong’s crime rate dropped by 7.1 per cent in 2014 from the previous year – marking a 41-year low, Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung announced today. Speaking to legislators during a briefing on last year’s law and order situation, the overall crime rate was 936 cases per 100,000 people, Tsang said. This was the first time that the rate dipped below 1,000 cases since 1973. A total of 67,740 crimes in all categories were reported last year, a 7.1 per cent year-on-year decrease. from 72,911 in 2013. Among the 19 categories of crimes, robbery posted a decrease of 38.2 per cent in the number of cases and burglary fell 24.4 per cent. As the crime rate dipped, so did arrests. A total of 33,679 people were arrested for crimes last year – an 8 per cent year-on-year drop. “Compared with other large cities such as Singapore, Tokyo and Paris, Hong Kong’s overall crime rate is at a relatively low level”, making it one of the safest cities in the world, Tsang said. Serious drug offences were also down by 18.2 per cent, wounding and serious assault down 8.7 per cent and criminal intimidation 4.9 per cent lower than 2013. […]
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