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Crime rate drops ten percent
[September 7, 2001 - 11:20 GMT]

Sri Lanka’s crime rate has dropped by ten percent in the first eight moths of this year.

There has been a significant drop in the number of homicides compared to last year, including those reported from the North and East. The Largest number was reported from east and central Sri Lanka.

The rate of child abuse and cases of rape has come down by 83.5% with the largest number reporting from north-central Sri Lanka.

Police attribute this improvement mainly to the cordon and search operations they regularly conduct islandwide, the increase in the number of mobile patrols and the increased cordiality between the police and the public.

Drunkenness, availability of contract killers, the increase in army deserters who were drawn into criminal activities and the grinding poverty in the country had earlier caused the upward trend in crime. 




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Last Updated Date: September 7, 2001  - 11.20 GMT.