Bhutan sees a de­crease in the crime rate over the years

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Pen­jor

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.

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