Robberies and traffic accidents are the most frequent crimes committed in Mon State so far this year, according to Mon State law enforcement officials.
A total of 36 homicides, 37 rapes, 172 robberies, and 603 road accidents were reported in Mon State between January and September this year. The statistics mark a decline in homicides: 62 in total were reported last year.
“Sixty-one robberies were reported in Mawlamyine. The total number of robberies is 172 after we added the robbery cases from Thaton District,” said Police Major Soe Lwin, interim head of the Mon State police force.
“A total of 128 road accidents were reported in Kyaikhto Township, the highest among [the state’s] townships,” he added.Mawlamyine and Ye townships rank highest in homicides, with nine cases reported in each township, followed Kyaikhto and Thaton with four cases each. Of the 37 rape cases in the state, ten were in Mawlamyine township, followed by six cases each in Kyaikhto and Paung townships, according to the police chief, who emphasized the importance of reporting incidents.
“The public needs to report to the police to reduce crime. The police will be able to take action quickly if [the public] reports to them. We will only be able to succeed in reducing crimes when the public cooperates with the police,” he said.
U Han Nyein, program director from Mawlamyine Justice Center, said that incarceration wasn’t an effective because of a lack of public awareness.
“Priority needs to be given to security at the moment in order to reduce crime. Crime prevention initiatives need to be carried out more broadly. Many awareness-raising talks need to be held for the public,” he said.
“A prison sentence for using drugs is between three and five years. They don’t know how many years they can be imprisoned. They only know that they will be sent to prison. So, we need to raise public awareness in order for them to understand the nature of law,” he added.