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Crime, Justice and Security Statistics, 2012

1.          Crime, justice and security statistics comprises statistics compiled from the Mauritius Police Force, the Judiciary, the Mauritius Prison Services & the Probation and Aftercare 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.
Key points
Crime, justice and security statistics, Republic of Mauritius, 2011 & 2012
Key figures
Overall offence rate (excluding contraventions) per 1,000 population
Road traffic contravention rate per 1,000 population
Juvenile delinquency rate per 1,000 population
Conviction rate1 pronounced in court per 1,000 population (excluding contraveners)
Imprisonment rate per 100,000 population
Average prison occupancy level (%)
1 Number of offences that led to convictions (as opposed to the number of persons convicted) per 1,000 population
3.          Police statistics indicate that crime, as measured by police-reported offences exclusive of contraventions, declined in 2012. The number of these offences went down from 44,818 in 2011 to 40,901 in 2012 essentially due to a drop of 14% in the number of thefts from 11,759 to 10,106.
4.         Road traffic contraventions, however, went up by 9% from 195,960 to 213,686 although contraventions due to speeding, which accounts for 26% of these offences, dropped by 17%.
5.         Some 18,883 persons were suspected, arrested or cautioned in the course of criminal investigations in 2012, down by 3% from 19,567 in 2011. The number of persons prosecuted dropped by 12% to 13,276 in 2012 from 15,115 in 2011.
6.          The number of criminal cases lodged increased by 14% from 106,601 in 2011 to 121,263 in 2012. During the same period, the number of criminal cases disposed rose by 4% from 104,922 to 109,157.
7.        Out of all the convicts admitted (3,114) to prison in 2012,
(i)    77% had been imprisoned more than once in the past; and
(ii)      43% were fine defaulters who did not pay fines of Rs 25,000 or less and convicts sentenced to less than one month imprisonment.
8.         An average amount of Rs 500 was spent daily to maintain a detainee in 2012.
9.        Some 262 persons were issued with probation orders in 2012, representing a drop of 22% compared to 338 in 2011.
10.         The number of offenders subjected to community service work rose by 33% from 367 in 2011 to 487 in 2012.
August 2013