Arson-related crimes up 500 pct

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In the first five months of the year, a total of 189 kidnappings took place related to gaming, according to data provided by Judiciary Police, representing an 11.8 per cent increase year-on-year and an 89 per cent increase compared to two years ago. Cases of loan sharking, at 151, however, saw a 15.6 per cent fall year-on-year, while the number of cases of theft – 34 – increased by one year-on-year.
The number of cases of arson, however, skyrocketed 500 per cent, reaching 24 cases, the only type of crime to see a three-digit increase from the same period one year ago.
Criminal association crimes doubled to 16 during the period, year-on-year, while no homicides or cases of organised crime were committed during the five-month period.
In total, crimes related to gaming reached 734 during the five-month period, an 11.2 per cent increase year-on-year, of which 673 were investigations and 61 were reports.
In addition, phone scams totalled 85, up 347 per cent year-on-year.
One human trafficking-related crime was recorded during the period, down from two cases in the same period the previous year. In total, six cases of domestic violence and 450 cases of theft were recorded during the period.

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