Bhutan sees a decrease in the crime rate over the years
Although the overall crime rate had decreased to 2775 in 2014 from 3288 in 2013 which comes to 15.60 percent decrease at the press conference on last Thursday, The Chief of Police brigadier Kipchu Namgyel said that it was a real concern as our youth are coming up with different types of crimes.
While, Thimphu has the highest number of crime rates in 2013 and 2014 with 1314 and 891 respectively but the crime rate has decreased by 32.19 percent. In 2011, Thimphu alone has contributed 65 percent of total crime and in 2012 in dropped down to 46 percent of the total crime figure. But in 2013, it further dropped down to 39 percent and in 2014; it again dropped down to 32 percent.
The Chief of Police said that the dropped in crime rates in Thimphu was basically the role played by the officers of Royal Bhutan Police (RBP) and the general public which is called partnership program cooperation. By looking at the reduction figure for Thimphu, the Chied said that Thimphu in terms of reduction in crime rate, it is working very well. “Our goal, we have our own goal, we have our target to achieve at the end of 11th Five Year Plan”, he added.
The second highest crime rates followed by Chukha Dzongkhag with 388 in 2013 and 389 in 2014, which was increased by 0.26 percent. Record which was maintained by RBP says that the third was in Paro, in 2013, the crime rate was with 199 and 182 in 2014, decreased by 8.54 percent.
While, the least crime rates was recorded in Gasa Dzongkhag with 11 in 2013 and seven in 2014, which was decreased by 36.36 percent followed by Haa Dzongkhag with 31 in 2013 and 27 in 2014, decreased by 12.9 percent.
The Chief further added tghat there is decreased in crime rates in 13 Dzong- khags and increased in seven Dzongkhags. While, the increases in the crime rates in seven Dzongkhags includes Chukha, Sarpang, Samtse, Trongsa, Lhuntse, Zhemgang and Pema Gatshel Dzongkhags.
The record shows also that the five highest crimes for 2013 and 2014 which includes offence of battery, larceny, burglary, possession of controlled substance and offence against Ku-Sung-ThukTen.
In 2013, the battery offence in Thimphu was 210 out of 629 and in 2014 it was dropped down to 164 out of 521 and has decreased by 17 percent. And there were 347 out of 577 in larceny offence in Thimphu in 2013 and 183 out of 393 in 2014, which was decreased by 32 percent. While, in burglary offences, there were 245 out of 467 in 2013 in Thimphu and 141 out of 296, which was also decreased by 37 percent.
Record also shows that in possession of controlled substances, there were 101 out of 259 in 2013 in Thimphu and 66 in 2014 out of 337 in 2014, an increased by 30 percent.
When it comes to the offences against Ku-SungThuk-ten, there were 39 out of 208 in Trashigang Dzongkhags in 2013 and out of 233, 30 were in Lhuntse Dzongkhag during 2014, an increased by 12 percent.
As per record maintained by RBP; suicide, rape and homicide has decreased by 6, 16, and 63 percent respectively and but the illegal transaction of controlled substance has increased by 10 percent from 2013 to 2014.
Meanwhile, in order to reduce the further crime rates in near future, brigadier added that there will be mass patrolling, frisking and seizure of weapon after 10 pm, then first offence would be if youth found two or more, then they will be questioned, frisk, seizure of weapons, profiling, warning and handed over to the parents; the second offence will be arrested, detention and charge sheet; then RBP will also shortly request to government to ban on sale of knives to the youth and also impose restriction on youth loitering late at night and they will also appeal to the parents and general public.