26 Jan '11, 6am

Overall crime reported dropped 0.6% in 2010

SINGAPORE: The number of cases of reported crime in Singapore fell a marginal 0.6 per cent, or some 200 cases, last year. Cases of unlicensed money lending and loan-shark harassment saw a 10 per cent drop. Police noted there was an increase in foreigners arrested for unlicensed money lending - from 22 in 2009 to 50 last year. Many came to Singapore on social visit passes and were recruited by local syndicates. However, cases of molest and youth rioting went up. Outrage of modesty cases rose by 11 per cent, or some 140 cases, from 2009 to 2010. One in four cases occurred at common areas of housing estates, with the majority of culprits unknown to victims. Youth rioting cases rose by 13 per cent, or some 60 cases, from 2009 to 2010. However, youth crimes saw an overall decrease, with the number of youths arrested dropping 2 per cent, or by 95 arrests. Assistant Commissioner ...

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