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Crime rate at 30-year low in 2013 but cyber crimes on the rise - police statistics

Published on Feb 14, 2014 12:29 PM
 
In the latest annual statistics released by the police on Friday, total crime cases recorded in Singapore last year fell 4.3 per cent to 29,668 cases from 31,015 cases in 2012. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND WEE 

More criminals are targeting victims on cyberspace, with online scams and cyber extortion on the rise, even as Singapore's crime rate hit a 30-year low.

In the latest annual statistics released by the police on Friday, the crime rate last year was 549 per 100,000 people compared with 584 per 100,00 in 2012, and has been on the downtrend since 2005.

The total crime cases recorded last year fell 4.3 per cent to 29,668 cases from 31,015 cases in 2012.

Of the six classes of crime that the cases are divided into, four of them registered lower figures last year - crimes against persons, housebreaking and related crimes, theft and related crimes, and miscellaneous crimes.

 
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