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Macau PJ records an increase in gaming related crime

There has been an increase in gaming related crimes, namely illegal detention and loan-sharking in casinos, revealed Chau Wai Kuong, director of the Judiciary Police (PJ) on Wednesday morning at the police headquarters during an event to mark the 55th anniversary of the institution. Describing domestic security as stable, Chau said that “criminality has been […]

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:48 am

There has been an increase in gaming related crimes, namely illegal detention and loan-sharking in casinos, revealed Chau Wai Kuong, director of the Judiciary Police (PJ) on Wednesday morning at the police headquarters during an event to mark the 55th anniversary of the institution.

Describing domestic security as stable, Chau said that “criminality has been reduced, but the gaming related crimes, cybercrimes and burglary cases have continued to increase.”

The PJ head pointed out that an increase has also been recorded in cases of youth delinquency. He likewise noted that foreign criminals in the region have surged by 76 percent, from 62 to 109 in the first five months of the year, in comparison to the number recorded during the equivalent period last year. Yet the total number of crimes recorded in that period is similar year-on-year with 1,390 perpetrators prosecuted.

PJ recorded remarkable declines in the number of cases recorded in many other categories, with drug trafficking cases falling by 38 percent, organized crime dropping by 30 percent, incidents of theft reduced by 18 percent and robbery cases down by 28 percent.

Chau stressed that local citizens’ vigilance against phone and Internet scams has remained low.

According to data provided by the authorities, the number of solved cases reached 961, 4.8 percent higher than last year’s figure. The PJ authorities also claimed that their scientific approaches have come a long way in dealing with crimes assisted by technology. (macaunews/macaudailytimes)

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:48 am

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