Overall crime rate in Hong Kong dropped 5.2%.
In a report, Secretary for Security TK Lai said there were 17,556 crimes reported during the period, 961 less than the first three months of last year.
Briefing the media after attending the Fight Crime Committee meeting, he said crimes recording increases included homicide (100%), rape (59.1%), indecent assault (18.4%), and deception (11.5%).
The report also noted that Hong Kong’s law and order situation remained stable in the first quarter of the year, with overall crime down 5.2% on the same period last year.
He said crime rates dropped in several areas, including violent crime (6.5%), robbery (27.2%), burglary (16.7%), theft (9.4%), and serious drug offences (3.2%).
There were 522 serious drug offences, with 465 involving psychotropic drugs. There were 143 young people arrested for serious drug offences.
Mr Lai said there was a substantial increase in the amount of drugs seized, including heroin (47.1%), cannabis (450%), 'ice' (160%), ketamine (43.6%), and cocaine (287.5%).
He said the Government will continue its zero-tolerance attitude on drug-related crime. Police will co-operate with international agencies and strengthen cross-departmental intelligence in stopping drugs from entering Hong Kong.
On youth crime, he said the number of young people arrested continued to drop, with 153 less juveniles (aged 10 to 15) and 119 less young persons (aged 16 to 20) arrested in the first quarter. Of the people arrested for triad-related crimes and robbery, 49.8% and 51.4% respectively were young people.
He said Police will be vigilant and maintain close contacts with schools and other youth organisations in fighting youth crime.
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