18 December 2012

Liberia: UNMIL Reveals 11,989 Crimes

Despite efforts by state security agents to reduce the growing number of criminal activities, official statistics reveal that 11,989 crimes ranging from armed robbery to property theft and kidnapping were committed around the country between January and October this year.

The report from the Crime Services Department of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) listed other crimes as rape, arson, aggravated assault, illegal possession of drug, loitering, riot, mob violence, simple assault, disorderly conduct, sexual abuse, suicide, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment and criminal mischief that were committed during the period under review.

According to the report, theft of property, simple assault, burglary, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, traffic accident, rape, criminal mischief and armed robbery were rated high in the data.

The UNMIL crime report there were as many as 3,939 cases of property theft that were committed followed by 2,094 cases of simple assault that were perpetrated during the period under review.

Others offenses that topped the data, according to the report, were 1,026 cases of burglary, 883 cases of aggravated assault, 736 cases of disorderly conduct, 702 traffic cases, 460 rape cases, 412 cases of criminal mischief and 404 armed robbery cases.

On the question as to the county that were rated high as it the report, Margibi and Nimba counties reported the highest number of crimes in theft of property with 890 and 464, respectively, followed by Maryland and Bong with 456 and 391 respectively.

Montserrado County topped the data in armed robbery, burglary and rape with 336, 244 and 202 cases.

Margibi and Maryland counties took the lead in simple assault cases with 445 and 246, respectively.

The UNMIL statistic comes at a time when the Women and Children Protection Department of the police recorded and investigated a total of 1,826 cases from January to November 2012 only on sexual offenses.

According to the statistics, 369 were sexual gender based violence, 917 were domestic violence cases and 540 were other related offenses as compared to 2011 where the section recorded and investigated 2,359 cases.

The 1,826 cases which was reported from January to November of this year, 412 were forwarded to court for prosecution representing 34% while 239 are still under investigation.

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