Is lockdown the cause of an uprising in crime cases?

In this pandemic era, we are seeing lots of cases that involve the down turn of everything including the economy and the health of the people in a country

During the first lockdown or Movement Control order (MCO 1.0), we have seen 631 cases of Malaysian committing suicide and for this year in the month of January until May, we have seen 468 that also involved suicide.

The staggering amount of people under depression is no joke. Many people who lost their jobs are also in a lost mentally. Some take the alternative to do crime.

A total of 16,452 housebreaking cases were recorded by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) during the implementation period of the Movement Control Order (MCO) since March 18 last year until yesterday.

Director of the Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department, Datuk Seri Abd. Jalil Hassan said, of the total number arrested, a total of 3,572 individuals were unemployed.

“Burglary crime is seen to increase slightly when the conditions are relaxed during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) in stages from May 4, 2020 to June 10, 2020, “he said in a statement today.

According to Jalil, a total of 1,167 cases were recorded compared to the same period before PKPB which was 1,063 with an increase of about 104 cases (9.8 percent).

Aside from that, A total of 902 cases of domestic violence were reported in the period January to April this year, with the increase driven by various factors, particularly the implications of the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) which came into force last year.

Minister of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM), Datuk Seri Rina Harun, said most of the cases were due to economic pressures and the stress of life so that some acted to injure their spouses or family members.

“According to statistics from the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) during January to December 2020, a total of 5,260 cases of domestic violence were investigated, while referring to the KPWKM Love Line statistics, during the same period, a total of 2,540 cases of domestic violence were received.

“For the first four months of 2021, from January to April, a total of 902 cases of domestic violence have been reported. These statistics show that the issue of domestic violence requires the intervention and cooperation of various parties,” she said.


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