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New report shows 6pc increase in crime reported in 2016

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 22 – The number of crimes reported to police in 2016 increased by 6.2 percent to 76,986, from 720,490 in 2015, according to new data released last week.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, in its 2017 edition of the Economic Survey, puts offences committed against persons as the leading type of crime reported, five years in a row.

The crime was reported 22,295 times last year, while theft comes in second at 10,361.

Other crimes that were frequently reported to the police in 2016 include possession of dangerous drugs at 6,160, offences against morality at 6,228 and breakings at 5,621.

As far as offences against morality are concerned, the number of persons reported having defiled children increased by 7.7 percent from 4,107 in 2015 to 4,422 in 2016.

There was a 3.8 percent increase in the number of persons reported to have committed crimes which hit 73,221, from 70,515 the previous year, out of which 77.9 percent were males.

Notably, the proportion of female offenders increased from 20.7 percent to 22.1 percent.

The National Police Service is yet to comment on the new report.

Kiambu County recorded the highest number of crimes at 6,006, followed by Meru and Nairobi at 5,117 and 4,954 respectively.

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Counties which recorded high increases in reported crimes were Kiambu by 1,238, Machakos by 991 and Meru by 902.

Bungoma, Trans-Nzoia and Kisumu recorded high declines in reported crimes at 430, 324 and 267 respectively.

On the other hand, the number of cases filed in the law courts declined by 37.1 percent to 226,554 while cases disposed of decreased by 29.8 percent to 191,386.

Pending cases however increased by 7.6 percent to 498,320 during the period under review.

The survey further reveals that total prison population in 2016 decreased by 5.3 percent to 201,227. This has been partly attributed to sustained implementation of the non-custodial policy aimed at decongesting the prisons.

The daily average population of prisoners decreased by 6.8 percent from 54,631 in 2015 to 50,900 in 2016.


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