Crime rate up 102%

Updated 24 July 2014

Crime rate up 102%

The Ministry of Justice has released figures, which indicate that crime rates have increased 102 percent in the Kingdom; up from 10,904 cases in 2012 to 22,113 cases in 2013.
In the first six months of this year, the Kingdom has seen a surge in criminal cases, compared to the same period last year.
Khaled Al-Bishr, a former official at Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, said crime statistics must be compared to population figures to ascertain discrepancies in crime rates compared to previous years.
“A host of different factors contribute to an increase in crime, such as climate, affiliations, attitudes and a number of other issues,” he noted.
Studies have shown that crime rates increase during the summer season, while lower altitude areas report a greater number of crimes compared to mountainous regions, Al-Bishr added.
The presence of different cultures and races in one region is another factor to take into account when comparing crime rates, he pointed out. Cultural and racial differences are other factors that should be taken into account, he said.


Saudi Cabinet condemns Turkey’s actions in Syria

The king briefed the Cabinet on the results of talks with Russian President Putin, who visited Saudi Arabia on Monday. (SPA via Reuters)
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Saudi Cabinet condemns Turkey’s actions in Syria

  • Use of political means stressed to resolve crisis

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday reiterated its call to adopt political means to resolve the Syrian crisis. Condemning Turkey’s actions in northeastern Syria, the Saudi Cabinet called for measures that would not only uphold international laws but also ensure the security of Syria and other countries in the region.
The Cabinet meeting, chaired by King Salman in Riyadh, referred to the demands made by an emergency meeting of the Arab League Council, which called on the UN Security Council to take steps to curb Turkish aggression.
The king briefed the Cabinet on the results of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who visited the Kingdom on Monday.
The Cabinet commended the Saudi-Russian energy partnership and signing of cooperation agreements between the two oil-producing countries.
It also commended the alignment between the ambitions and strategic objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and Russia’s strategic development plans.
The Cabinet also reviewed the talks between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Russian president.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Cabinet commended the Saudi-Russian energy partnership.

• The Cabinet congratulated Kais Saied on winning the presidential elections in Tunisia.

Media Minister Turki Al-Shabanah, in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency following the session, said that the Cabinet reviewed the Saudi-Russian CEO Forum, citing the future of energy, solutions for its sustainability, existing and future investments between the two countries, opportunities for joint cooperation, agricultural sustainability and global food security through the Saudi-Russian Committee and within the framework of the Kingdom’s keenness for a sustainable national economy and as one of the growing economies of the G20.
The Cabinet congratulated Kais Saied on winning the presidential elections in Tunisia and wished the country steady progress and prosperity.
The minister said that the Cabinet reviewed several reports on the latest regional and global developments.
The Cabinet also renewed the Kingdom’s condemnation of the bombings that targeted a bus carrying security forces in the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, and the terrorist attack on a mosque in the Salmousi area north of Burkina Faso, resulting in a number of deaths and injuries.
The Kingdom stressed its solidarity with Afghanistan and the government of Burkina Faso against terrorism and extremism, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
The Cabinet also authorized different ministries to sign memorandums of understanding with their counterparts in different countries to increase cooperation in various sectors.