1. Crime, justice and security statistics comprises statistics compiled from the Mauritius Police Force, the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions, the Judiciary, the Mauritius Prison Service & the Probation and After-care Service.
2. Care should be taken in interpreting these figures. When comparing figures it should be realised that police and judiciary figures are based on offences but prison and probation figures are based on offenders, and that many offenders are sentenced for more than one offence. Offences reported at the police can sometimes be reclassified as they proceed from police investigation through prosecution to final court sentence. Also trends in certain offences are affected by police activities and priorities.
3. Offences reported to the police, exclusive of contraventions, increased by 6% from 42,034 in 2014 to 44,498 in 2015. Theft and sexual offences increased by 28% and 8% respectively. On the other hand, decreases were noted in homicide (-15%), drug offences (-4%) and assault & related offences (-2%).
4. Road traffic contraventions decreased by 8% from 224,855 in 2014 to 206,839 in 2015 mainly due to ‘exceeding speed limit’ which decreased from 96,872 to 39,395. It is to be noted that the figure for 2015 is not strictly comparable to that of 2014 mainly due to the fact that fixed speed cameras were inactive from 1 January 2015 to 5 September 2015.
5. Some 21,648 persons were suspected, arrested and/or cautioned in the course of criminal investigations in 2015, up by 9% from 19,796 in 2014. The number of persons prosecuted increased by 18% to 17,667 in 2015 from 14,912 in 2014.
6. From 2014 to 2015, the number of cases referred by the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions to the Intermediate and Supreme Courts increased marginally from 1,468 to 1,477.
7. The number of criminal cases lodged increased by 8% from 114,032 in 2014 to 122,860 in 2015. During the same period, the number of criminal cases disposed of increased marginally from 118,695 to 119,105.
8. Out of the 2,907 convicts admitted to prison in 2015, 68% were re-offenders who had been imprisoned in the past, regardless of any observation period.
9. An average amount of Rs 750 was spent daily to maintain a detainee in 2015.
10. Some 345 persons were issued with probation orders in 2015, representing an increase of 22% compared to 282 in 2014.
11. The number of offenders subjected to community service orders decreased by 4%, from 507 in 2014 to 487 in 2015.