The crime rate in Oman fell by a staggering 7.5 per cent in 2016 – a feat that can be attributed to the relentless efforts of the Royal Oman Police (ROP) and continual support from other law enforcement authorities and awareness campaigners.
At the annual Oman Public Prosecution (OPP) press briefing, held this week, Mohammed Said al Yahyaei, the Assistant Attorney General and Director-General of Muscat Public Prosecution, said the total number of criminal cases stood at 37,972 in 2016, down from the 41,072 convicted felony cases in 2015.
“Constant campaigns, awareness about stringent punishments and efforts by various sections of the society has helped in reducing crimes in the country by 7.5 per cent,” Al Yahyaei was quoted by local media as saying.
Meanwhile, Dr Ahmed bin Said al Shukaili, Assistant Attorney General and manager of the Attorney General Office, stated: “The Public Prosecution would like to confirm its actions are within the norms set by the Royal orders of His Majesty and the parameters of the nation’s criminal procedures.”
However, he pointed that the number of murder cases had increased in Oman last year, when compared with 2015. According to Public Prosecution data, 27 murder cases were referred to the public prosecution last year, up from 23 in 2015.
“Nineteen of the cases were intentional murder, while four were connected to a misdemeanour case. Two cases were premeditated murders and the remaining two were murders caused by beating,” Al Shukeili was quoted as saying.
Misdemeanour cases accounted for 90.9 per cent of all criminal prosecutions – an 8.8 per cent drop to 34,065 in 2016 from 37,332 in 2015). However, registered criminal cases rose by 6.8 per cent to 3,482 in 2016, compared with 3,260 in 2015.
According to the statistics revealed by the OPP, there were 8,673 cases of criminal activity in Muscat; 6,684 in the governorate of North al Batinah; 2,809 in Baushar and 5,481 in Salalah.