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KUWAIT CITY, May 1: In an effort to reduce the rate of heinous murders that have recently increased, security sources said the First Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Acting Minister of Defense Sheikh Talal Al-Khaled has directed the leaders of the Ministry of Interior to develop new security plans and an unconventional strategy to confront the phenomenon of violence and criminal behavior by relying on advanced and modern scientific methods to reduce the occurrence of crime and its rates, quickly arrest the perpetrators, and tighten control, reports Al-Qabas daily. The sources stressed that the minister also called for urgent action to address the disturbing violent crimes with the required seriousness, speed and accuracy in implementation, and to submit a detailed periodic report on the results.
The sources rang alarm bells by revealing about 255 horrific murders that occurred from the beginning of 2012 until mid-April 2023, that is, during an estimated period of 11 years and 3 months. This means that two murders occurred per month in the country. This confirms the fact that blood is shed for the most insignificant reasons. The great change in the structure of society is becoming more apparent. The security services identified several main factors related to the motives behind the murders that occurred in society during the recent period.
Drug addiction topped the list, in addition to revenge as a result of personal disputes, quarrels, marital problems, financial greed and attempts to seize the money of others, family disputes, and others. The factors also include the absence of oversight, family disintegration, the spread and ease of obtaining knives and firearms, the negative impact of social networking sites, the absence of a legal deterrent, and the recklessness of some young people, in addition to the use of “wasta” to suppress some cases and prevent punishment in other cases, the negative infl uence of the media and the means of communication that are now transmitting daily various forms of violence to young people.
The most prominent measures currently taken to confront violent crimes are the intensification of security points, especially in areas that record an increase in crimes, as well as the intensification of the security presence of the police force elements, the expansion of the search and suspicion circle, the conduct of fixed and mobile security patrols, the monitoring of the elements that have left newly imprisoned, securing events and celebrations, raising the level of readiness to face emergency crises, raising awareness of the seriousness of crime and ways to report it, strengthening the role of community police to confront wrong behaviors, and holding seminars in universities and schools to spread awareness among young people. The sources stressed the need for all concerned authorities to work on investigating the causes of these crimes, put an end to them, and address their motives.
They affirmed that the increase in crime rates in Kuwait has become a matter of surprise, especially as they are foreign and alien crimes to society, and show a significant and clear change in connection with them and their types and methods of committing them. The sources said the competent security services will spare no effort in taking all necessary measures to combat all types of crimes, maintain security, order and public morals, and enhance stability in the country, in an effort to achieve societal security, protect citizens, and preserve public and private properties. In a related context, a recent statistics by the Ministry of Justice revealed that 976 cases of murder and self-assault were pending before the courts during the past 16 months. The statistics showed that 819 cases were registered from January 1 to December 31, 2022, and 157 cases were registered during the first quarter of this year 2023.
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