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Gaming related crimes slightly decrease in 2017

Macau saw the total number of gaming related crime cases drop slightly in 2017, despite the gaming sector recording significant growth in the year, local media reports.

Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak made the comment on Wednesday during an annual crime review press conference.

According to data from PJ, a total of 1,847 criminal proceedings related to gaming were initiated in 2017, a slight (0.2 percent) decrease from 1,851 in 2016.

Gaming related crimes include loan-sharking and debt related kidnappings.

“Most of the cases related to the mentioned two types of criminal activities happened inside casino premises, with no indications that the criminal activities have extended outside the properties and impacted on the security of Macau,” said the Secretary, quoted by Macau Business.

Wong also noted that there were five cases of illegal betting through WeChat accounts in the year, with criminal associations approaching clients in mainland China to make illegal proxy bets through live streaming of table games in Macau and Philippines.

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