16 May 2017

Liberia: Foreigners Top Criminal List

The Liberia National Police (LNP) have identified the Monrovia suburb of Paynesville as having hit jackpot for crimes as compared to other areas, while foreign nationals, mainly Guineans, lead the commission of crimes.

Quoting its latest crimes statistics, the LNP puts Paynesville, one of the congested communities in the enclave of Monrovia, as recording the highest number of crimes among urban areas, while central Monrovia records the lowest.

The crimes statistics which covers the month of April 2017 also single out the central County of Bong as recording the highest number of crimes committed, with Gbapolu, and Rivergee Counties recording the lowest crime rate.

According to the LNP, a total number of one thousand and one crimes were committed throughout the country during the month under review, with youths between the ages of 20 to 24 and 25 to 29 being captured as the highest number of perpetrators.

"As for crimes committed by foreign national residing in Liberia, Lebanese and Malians recorded the lowest, while Guineans recorded the highest with 36,representing (4%) of the total crimes committed in Liberia, an LNP release under the signature of Sam Collins said.

Looking back, the LNP also singled out Guinean nationals in Liberia as topping the crimes list in the month of March 2017.

"From analysis of the data based on the categories of crimes reported, property theft registered the highest with 295 representing (29%) of the offenses committed, simple assault featured 175 (17%) aggravated Assault 113 (11%)," the report said.

It is noted in the statistics released that the LNP successfully forwarded to court for prosecution three hundred and fifty six cases(365) representing (15.6%), four hundred and one cases were withdrawn by complainants representing (40%), while two hundred and forty three (243) are pending either for court prosecution or investigation representing (24%).

According to the statistics gathered from various reporting areas , suspects by gender shows that males committed the highest numbers of crimes (802) representing (80%) while their female counterparts committed one hundred and fifty six crimes (156) which equal (15.6%).

The LNP said it will continue to monitor those areas that are reporting increase in crime rate and at the same time continue to reduce the crime rate in areas that are experiencing reduction.

The Liberia National Police is meanwhile encouraging the general public to report crimes to the police, by sharing needed information.

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