Crime rate has decreased over the years and dropped by 13 percent last year
T he overall crime rate has dropped over the years. According to the annual crime statistics report 2015, the crime rate has decreased from 2367 in 2014 to 2055 in 2015 which was decreased by 13 percent.
The decreased in the crime rates over the years was mainly because of under the benevolent leadership of His Majesty the King and other stakeholder. During the press conference last Thursday, Chief of Police, Brigadier Kipchu Namgyel thanked His Majesty the King and His Majesty the Fourth King because of His Majesty’s benevolent leadership that we have peace and security in the country. And also to the Government for their continuous support to Royal Bhutan Police for which they could be able to equip to fight against rising crime.
The Chief of police said that the decrease in crime rate was also because of continuous effort made by the officers and the other rank in the field to whose relentless effort in the crime prevention
activities contributed towards decrease in crime rates.
He also thanks the communities and other various police partnership which they could reduce the crime rates in the country. “The most important challenges of today’s every officer is the rising crime, police alone cannot function, we need the hands of communities”, said the Chief of Police.
Although the overall crime rate has decreased but the total crime contributed by Thimphu Dzongkhag has increased. According to the report, the total crime contribution made by the Thimphu Dzongkhag which is penal offence only has increased from 32 percent in 2014 to 36 percent in 2015 which is the highest contribution during the year.
Followed by Chukha and Paro Dzongkhag, the total crime contributed by Chukha Dzongkhag was dropped from 15 percent in 2014 to 14 percent in 2015, the report shows.
The report shows that Lhuentse, Dagana, Zhemgang, Trashiyangtse, Haa and Gasa Dzonkhags contributed the lowest to the total crime which contributed one percent each during the year but Gasa contributed the lowest crime rates with zero percent during the year 2014.
The Chief of Police said that rising crime rates is the side effect of the developmental activities. He added that very soon there will be rise in crime in Tashiyangtse due to Kholongchhu Project.
The report also shows the seven highest crimes last year which includes battery which is (439) and Thimphu alone contributes to 175, larceny (357) and Thimphu contributed to 152 last year, burglary (344) for this Thimphu alone contributed to 169, possession of controlled substance/ illicit transaction of controlled substances (296) and for this Thimphu alone contributed to 75 last year. The offense against Ku-Sung Thukten was 129 and Trashigang contributed the highest to 19 last year.
The total crime for Ku-Sung Thukten has dropped from 233 in 2014 to 129 in 2015, the Chief of Police said that the dropped in offence against Ku-Sung Thukten was mainly because of the aggressive operation from our special investing team against Ku-Sung Thukten. “This is our most serious concern”, said Chief of Police.
The next is malicious mischief and was 60 last year and Thimphu alone contributed to 20 and auto stripping (37) last year and Thimphu contributed to 22.
For the non penal offence where the Royal Bhutan Police cannot play much role includes suicides, missing of person, fire accidents, accidental death, accidental injury, drowning, un-natural death and attempt suicide.