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Criminal cases down 7.1 percent in 16Q1

Latest official crime statistics released on Monday show that the number of criminal cases declined by 7.1 percent, to 3,333 in the first quarter of 2016, local media reports.

Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak, said of these, 626 were committed against individuals and primarily consisted of “illegal imprisonment”, which saw an increase of 32.8 percent - most of which were gaming related.

However, despite a rise in gaming-related crimes, local authorities say that the city’s general security has not been affected. The number of gaming-related crimes was recorded year-on-year growth of 11.2 per cent in 16Q1. 

Around 181 cases were registered with regard to violent crimes, and were mostly related to illegal imprisonment and drug dealing.

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