45% fall in thefts in 2016: ROP

Muscat - 

The ROP has said that there has been a huge fall in theft-related cases in the last four years. It has said that better surveillance and installation of CCTVs have led to control in such crimes.

Theft crimes fell by 45 per cent in 2016 compared to 2015, 46 per cent in 2015 compared to 2014 and 32 per cent in 2014 compared to 2013.

It has said that better surveillance techniques have resulted in the prevention of crimes as well. “Based on tip-offs and advanced surveillance techniques, our officials prevented 77 per cent of such crimes in 2016 compared to 2015, 67 per cent in 2015 compared to 2014 and 35 per cent in 2014 compared to 2013.”

Brig Gen Rashid bin Salim al Badi, director of Department of Inquiries and Criminal Investigations, said, “There are several factors which come into play in tackling such crimes. CCTVs and surveillance devices in commercial establishments and houses have helped in deterring criminals from committing such acts.

“Of the total such crimes, burgled houses comprised 33 per cent, followed by those at shops at 27 per cent. Vehicle thefts comprised five per cent in the overall figures.”

Brig Gen Badi said that there is a need to raise awareness among the community so that any such crime is immediately reported to the concerned authorities.

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