Maldives Police Service (MPS) stated that the increasingly lower number of reported cases could be due to a lack of public trust in the institution.
During a press conference held on Tuesday to disseminate details of the cases received in 2018 and 2017, Spokesperson and Chief Inspector of Police, Izmia Zahir, stated that reported cases in 2018 were less than those reported in 2017.
While 14,626 cases were reported in 2018, 15,535 cases had been submitted in 2017.
Izmia, who is the first female spokesperson for MPS, stated that the reason behind the decrease of reported cases could either be due to strengthening services of MPS or a drop in public trust in the institution.
According to 2018's statistics, the largest recorded crime was theft. Apart from drug-related cases, all other categories of crime has decreased.
There were a total of 3,270 theft-related cases as opposed to 3,503 in 2017. While 2,230 cases pertinent to drugs were submitted in 2018, only 2,036 cases were submitted in 2017.
The spokesperson stated that drug-related cases increased in 2018 due to successful operations within the atolls, adding that repeat offenders were involved in these cases.
Police had forwarded 2,050 cases to the Prosecutor General's Office for prosecution in 2018, which is a 20 percent decrease compared to 2017.