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Saudi crime rate surges 102% - report

Gov’t figures show 22,113 cases were reported in 2013, compared to 10,904 in 2012

Saudi crime rate surges 102% - report

The number of crimes committed in Saudi Arabia last year surged 102 percent, according to official statistics released by the kingdom’s Ministry of Justice.

Figures showed 22,113 cases were reported in 2013, compared to 10,904 cases in 2012, Arab News reported.

“A host of different factors contribute to an increase in crime, such as climate, affiliations, attitudes and a number of other issues,” Khaled Al-Bishr, a former official at Naif Arab University for Security Sciences, said of the figures.

He added that studies show crime rates increase during the summer season, while lower altitude areas report a greater number of crimes compared to mountainous regions.