MACAU, May 24 – Crime and law enforcement statistics from security authorities for the first three months of 2022 show that Macau remains a safe and secure city.
According to police statistics released today, the tally of all suspected crime cases reported in Macau in the first quarter of 2022 saw a 12% year-on-year drop to 2,565 cases.
A number of crime categories recorded year-on-year declines, particularly the most serious forms of crime.
The decrease in the number of reported crimes shows that the preventive and targeted measures of the police have been effective. The police will continue to disseminate anti-crime information through various channels, to raise public awareness of relevant issues. The police would continue their efforts in terms of optimizing the channels for reporting crimes by the public and would promote their intelligence gathering efforts, with the aim of proactively detecting and combating crime.
In the first three months of 2022, reported cases of crimes against the person registered a decline of 5.9% year-on-year, to 559 cases. Property crimes fell 6.4% year-on-year to 1,325 cases. Crimes against life in society recorded a year-on-year decline of 20.9%, to 129 cases. Crimes against the territory saw a drop of 28.5%, to 88 cases.
Other uncleared crimes fell 24.9% to 464 cases; computer-related crime dropped significantly by 85.1% to 48 cases.
According to Public Safety Statistics, recorded violent crime in the three months of 2022 recorded a total of 43 cases, representing a year-over-year decrease of 39.4%. Instances of the most serious forms of crime – kidnapping, murder and aggravated assault – remained non-existent or extremely low.
From January to March 2022, the number of cases of arson, fraud and drug trafficking decreased year over year. Reported child sexual abuse crimes increased 80% year over year to 9 cases.
Security authorities would redouble their efforts to accomplish the major task in Macau, namely preventing any rebound of COVID-19 in the city. Security authorities will do their best to ensure all anti-epidemic measures are implemented, while stepping up efforts to fight any crime in the city, so as to maintain Macao’s safe environment and stability.
Police data showed a year-on-year decline in gambling-related crimes, such as loan sharking, in Macau, typically associated with loan sharking; sequestration; flight; scams; and theft. In the four quarters of 2021, gambling-related crimes in the above categories clustered in 89 cases, 113 cases, 77 cases and 63 cases respectively. The first quarter of 2022 saw a total of 52 cases of these types of crimes reported. Last year and the first quarter of this year showed a downward trend in gambling-related crimes. This had coincided with travel protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The police would nevertheless remain very vigilant in preventing and combating any illegal activity that could affect the gambling industry.
Considering the unstable COVID-19 situation reported in neighboring countries and locations, various sectors including the tourism sector and gambling industry were facing great pressure. This could create uncertainty about the safety of the community. Security authorities would continue to pay close attention to anything that could create a sense of uncertainty within the community and would take all necessary steps – in a timely manner – to maintain the safe environment and stability of the community. Macau.