Muscat: Theft incidents declined by 49 per cent in the Muscat governorate during the first quarter of this year, Brigadier Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Sayeri, police chief of the Muscat Governorate, informed.
During this period, 782 incidents of theft were reported in Muscat governorate, compared to 1,172 cases reported during the same period in 2013.
The fall in theft crimes has been attributed to diligent action and precautionary measures taken by the ROP, Al Sayeri said.
The official pointed out that the reduction of this type of crime is a positive indicator. The number of theft cases in the governorate continues to remain within normal parameters though the population density has increased substantially, thus clearly showing the impact of efforts made by the Royal Oman Police (ROP), Al Sayeri explained.
Efforts are under way to achieve the goal of providing enhanced security and stability in Muscat, he said, while adding that robberies are one of the most serious crimes that mostly lead to other crimes like murder as the robbers want to hide their identities.
The most frequent thefts in the Muscat Governorate are theft of vehicles, motorcycles, shops, house burglaries, in addition to the theft of sheep, Al Sayeri said.
The official cautioned the citizens and residents against keeping their money and valuables in unsafe places.
He has also advised shopkeepers to take all safety precautions by installing surveillance cameras and by employing security guards at night.