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Macao faces a rise in crimes

CRIME in Macao is on the rise, with 13,864 criminal cases last year, a rise of 7.3 percent from 2007, the Macao Daily News reported yesterday.

Robberies and assaults accounted for 55.7 percent and 19.5 percent of the crimes respectively in the special administrative region near Hong Kong, said Cheong Kuoc Va, Macao's secretary for security, according to the paper.

He said violent crimes were "basically" under control, as the number of serious crimes such as murder and grievous bodily harm dropped significantly, while no abductions were recorded.

Figures released separately by the secretary for security also showed that drug trafficking and drug-abuse cases were on the rise, increasing 79.4 percent and 40.1 percent respectively last year.

There were 178 juvenile- delinquency cases last year, involving 302 minors, a drop of 26 cases from 2007.

Cheong said more police would be deployed in the city's tourism spots and security black spots to fight petty crimes. Local police will also make special effort to prevent drug trafficking and cross-border criminal activities.


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