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Maca casino-related crimes up, other crimes down

Macau’s director of the Judiciary Police said there was an increase in casino-related crimes in the first five months of the year especially in illegal detention and loan-sharking.

From January to May the number of illegal detention cases soared to 103 from 25 recorded in the same period the year before, while the number of loan sharking cases rose from 71 to 108 year-on-year. 

The figures stand in contrast to other crime figures which have actually fallen during the five-month period.

“Criminality has been reduced, but the gaming-related crimes, cybercrimes and burglary cases have continued to increase,” The Macau Daily TImes quoted Chau as saying.

The Judiciary Police recorded a decrease in the number of drug trafficking cases by 38 percent; organized crime fell 30 percent; and incidents of theft went down 18 percent.

Chau also stated that the number of foreign criminals recorded to be operating in Macau increased 76 percent, from 62 to 109 in the first five months of the year.

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