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Homicide, kidnapping steeply decrease in 2017: security report

Thu, Aug. 9, 2018
CAIRO – 9 August 2018: Security reports revealed steep decrease in the rate of some crimes during the last three years thanks to the Interior Ministry's recent efforts in raiding criminals’ hideouts and implementing new systems to train security personnel.

According to security reports, murder crimes decreased from 2890 in 2014 to 1360 in 2017. Interior Ministry managed to arrest the perpetrators of about 86 percent of murder cases in 2017, according to the reports.

Concerning robbery with force crimes, the reports revealed that the Interior Ministry could seize the perpetrators of 842 out of 925 crimes committed in 2017, while it could only seize the perpetrators of 998 out of 2107 crimes in 2014.

Kidnapping crimes decreased in 2017 to be 160 compared to 431 in 2014, according to the reports. In 2017, the Interior Ministry could seize the perpetrators of 95 percent of the kidnapping crimes, the report added.

It was also asserted that the Interior Ministry managed to seize the perpetrators of 100 percent of the 66 rape crimes committed in 2017. The rape crimes decreased by about 44 percent from 2014, the report pointed out.

In an interview with Egypt Today, Security Expert Alaa al-Deen Abdel Mageed, said that the decrease in crime rates took place due to the success of security forces in raiding many criminals’ hideouts, including Souhag’s al-Balabish, Sawam’a, Gazirat Tama, besides hideouts in Qena, Assiut, Qalyubia, Alexandria and Sharqia governorates.

Abdel Mageed also stated that the Interior Ministry’s efforts to seize unlicensed arms have helped decrease crime rates.

During the term of former Interior Minister, Magdi Abdel Ghaffar, the Interior Ministry started establishing one of the largest training institutes in the Middle East, reportedly covering an area of about 78 feddans (1 feddan = 1.038 acres) to train police personnel. The institute has been equipped with advanced training equipment and programs according to international standards.

Abdel Ghaffar said the institute should provide police personnel with the training required to be able to face crimes. He also affirmed the need to update training programs to prepare the trainees to fight terrorism, especially in North Sinai.

Abdel Ghaffar said the institute should provide police personnel with the training required to be able to face crimes, April, 2018 - Press photo

Crime hike following 2011 revolution

In 2013, security officials revealed that the rate of homicide almost tripled since the January revolution in 2011 that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak.

According to Egypt’s Interior Ministry officials, the rate of homicide almost tripled since the 2011 revolution due to a rise in unemployment, which the ministry views as an added obstacle to an already existing economic crisis.

In an interview with the Financial Times in the first half of 2013, Abdel Fatah Osman, then assistant interior minister for media, said that the police inherited “this mess”.

According to the Financial Times report, reported armed robberies increased from 233 in 2010 to reach 2,807 in 2012. Home invasions also increased, according to the report to 11,699 in 2012, instead of 7,368 in 2010. Kidnappings for ransom reportedly increased from 107 in 2010 to 412 in 2012.

Osman asserted that one of the factors behind the crime hike is the rise in weapons inflow to Egypt.

In June 2013, Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated former President Mohamed Morsi was ousted. About 10 months after the revolution, Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced running for president and resigning from his military post.
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