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Saudi Interior Ministry reports 4.5% drop in crime rate in 2016

Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, left, speaks during a press conference in Riyadh on Wednesday. (SPA)
RIYADH: The security spokesman of the Ministry of the Interior, Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, announced the crime indicators in Saudi Arabia in 2016 and the total number of crimes attended to by Saudi police during the same year reached 149,781.
Al-Turki said in a press conference that the criminal offenses involved mainly assaults, thefts, drinking, moral and drug offenses, and many other types of crime.
He also explained that the rate of criminal assaults and thefts dealt with by the police in all regions of the Kingdom reached more than 60 percent out of the total number of crimes. Al-Turki stressed that the overall crime rate in the Kingdom has decreased by 4.5 percent compared to figures from 2015.
He further noted that the crime rate in the Kingdom was about 464.46 per 100,000 people. Jazan, Madinah, Makkah and Al-Baha recorded the highest crime rates per capita. The majority of crimes happened in Makkah, Riyadh, Madinah, and the Eastern Province, where 75 percent of crimes were committed, due to the high concentration of people actually living in these areas
Al-Turki explained that the rate of crimes per 100,000 people was highest in Al-Baha (774.19), followed by Madinah (755.27), then Makkah (592.5) and Jazan (487.82).

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