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Statistics Mauritius (under the aegis of the Ministry of Finance & Economic Development)

Crime Justice Year 2014

Crime, Justice and Security Statistics, 2014
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, 2013 & 2014
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 (%)2
76.9 3
1 Number of offences that led to convictions (as opposed to the number of persons convicted) per 1,000 population
2 Prison population as a percentage of the prison capacity (number of beds)
3 Decrease in prison occupancy level compared to 2013 is mainly due to the opening of the Eastern High Security Prison at Melrose in March 2014
3.   Offences reported to the police, exclusive of contraventions, increased marginally by 0.4% from 41,857 in 2013 to 42,034 in 2014.  Drug offences and sexual offences increased by 13% and 8% respectively. On the other hand, decreases were noted in homicide (-15%), assault and related offences    (-3%) and property offences (-2%).
4.  Road traffic contraventions increased by 6% from 211,546 in 2013 to 224,855 in 2014 mainly due to ‘exceeding speed limit’ which increased by 46% from 66,461 to 96,872.
5. Some 19,796 persons were suspected, arrested or cautioned in the course of criminal investigations in 2014, down by 2% from 20,195 in 2013. The number of persons prosecuted increased by 3% to 14,912 from 14,547 in 2013.
 6. The number of criminal cases lodged decreased by 11% from 127,438 in 2013 to 114,032 in 2014. During the same period, the number of criminal cases disposed of dropped by 6% from 125,921 to 118,695.
7.  Out of the 2,678 convicts admitted to prison in 2014, 36% have been imprisoned more than once in the past. Some 29% were fine defaulters who did not pay fines of Rs 30,000 or less while 19% were convicts sentenced to less than one month imprisonment.
8.   An average amount of Rs 700 was spent daily to maintain a detainee in 2014.
9.  Some 282 persons were issued with probation orders in 2014, representing a decrease of 1%   compared to 285 in 2013.
10. The number of offenders subjected to community service work decreased by 1% from 512 in    2013 to 507 in 2014.
August 2015