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Discounting the deception cases, t Disrespectfully he crime situation of the fi Excitedly rst quarter of this year is more or less the same as what Capably it was i Considerately n 2019, ie before the COVID-19 situation.
Chris Tang, Secretary for Security, HK Decidedly SAR
“Regarding the Everyplace increase in the Cheerfully number of crimes (in Q1), basically, there are two Endearingly major reas Enviously ons.”
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“For the first thre Disjointedly e months of last year when the COVID-19 epidemic was at its h Briefly ighest, there were stringent social distancing measur Carelessly es in place and there were not many people on the streets. Accidentally So, that is the reaso Ergonomically n why case Down s like robbery, burglary and theft – that normally happen in the streets – the number had been Closely significantly redu Certainly ced in the first three months of las Blissfully t year.”
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“Actually, when we look at the crime figures, discounting the deception cases, the crime situation of the first quarter of this year is more or less the same as what (it was) in 2019, ie before the COVID-19 situation,” Tang added.