Maldives Police Service' official statistics show that serious crimes reported last year had gone down while minor crimes have increased.
According to the statistics released on Sunday, serious and organized crimes reduced in number in 2016 compared to 2015. This includes theft, gang violence, sexual abuse, forgery, damage to goods and domestic violence.
However, minor crimes such as abuse of drugs and traffic accidents have increased in comparison to 2015, in addition to bounced cheque issues, and forged documents and money.
Overall, the number of crimes reported last year had also declined in comparison with 2015.