Playing crimes went down however home violence circumstances elevated throughout pandemic – Police

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The Judiciary Police recorded a 79.4 per cent decrease in gambling-related crimes in 2020, compared to 2019, while cases of domestic violence increased by 8.4 per cent in a year marked by the pandemic.

Among inquiries, denunciations, summary investigations and requested due diligence, the Macau Judicial Police recorded, in 2020, 1,114 crimes related to gambling, while in 2019 it had registered 5,428.

In the annual report released today, among the most relevant crimes, the PJ identified 72 cases of loan sharking for gambling and 32 cases of kidnapping associated with loan sharking for gambling, a decrease of about 90 per cent year-on-year justified by the “significant decrease in the number of visitors ”due to border restrictions to combat the pandemic.

Regarding cases of domestic violence, the PJ “opened a total of 116 ‘ad hoc’ investigations involving assaults among family members, representing an increase of 8.4 per cent over the same period last year”.

“The increase in the number of family conflicts in the past year cannot be excluded as a result of the increase in the number of family members who stayed at home due to the epidemic and the increased friction due to financial or other negative factors,” reads On the report.

The number of cases of rape and sexual harassment decreased by 32.6 per cent and 27.8 per cent, respectively, but sexual assaults against children and pornographic material related to minors increased.

Last year, there were 19 cases of sexual assault against children, eight more cases than in 2019. “Most of these cases occurred in educational settings or in the home,” the authorities said.

Another sexual crime that has increased in the past year has been pornography cases involving minors, with 129 cases recorded in the year.

“To combat pornographic material involving minors, the PJ has been intensifying its cooperation with Interpol”, they indicated.

The PJ also reports that in 2020 a total of 9,291 criminal cases were investigated, 40.3 per cent less than in 2019, the total number of criminal cases concluded at the PJ was 11,427 (minus 25.5 per cent) and were presented to the Public Prosecutions Office 1,719 individuals, while in 2019 there were 4,191.