LABUAN, Jan 14 -- Police-community engagement programmes helped to reduce the number of crimes in the federal territory of Labuan last year compared to 2018, Labuan Police chief Supt Muhamad Farid Ahmad said today.
He said 252 incidents of crime were reported last year on the duty-free island compared to 266 in 2018, a drop of 5.3 per cent.
Of the 252 cases last year, 232 were thefts and the remaining 20, violent crimes, he said, adding that the police had recorded six rape cases and three cases of unarmed gang robbery.
"We will increase our community programmes to forge closer ties with the community and to work together to curb crime,” he said.
He also said that 45.96 per cent of the cases have been brought to court, surpassing the Key Performance Index (KPI) target of 35 per cent.
Muhamad Farid said 553 people were arrested last year for various offences, and they included 23 people from the Philippines, three from Indonesia and one from India who had no valid travel documents or had overstayed.
On drug-related cases, he said 184 people were arrested, of whom 100 were drug addicts.