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Lebanon: Alarming rise in number of crimes !

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In logic, it is assumed that in any modern, just democratic state, the rise in crime rates should set off an alarm bell for the authority responsible for the fate of the people, their stability, security, prosperity, well-being, and guaranteeing their future. But in an authority like the one we have in Lebanon, which controls and dominates to secure its interests, and does not rule in the name of the people and their interests, the axioms of democratic authority, national responsibility and constitutional duties become impossible.

Despite the high number of crimes in Lebanon, with the collapse rolling daily, the intensification of living conditions, the high rates of poverty, unemployment, insane prices and the dollar, those who are supposed to be responsible continue to abandon their simplest national duties to curb the crisis, and they continue with the policies of disruption, aggravation, and governmental and administrative paralysis, which hit all institutions. . While the citizens remain left to their miserable fates under the tutelage of the unjust ruling majority.


In this context, Muhammad Shams El-Din, a researcher at the International Information Corporation, confirms to the Lebanese Forces website, “the increase in the number of various crimes in the first ten months of 2021 compared to the same period in 2019, which was considered stable in security.”

Shams El-Din points out, "In the first ten months of 2019, 351 cars were stolen, and the number rose to 782 cars in 2020, and to 1,097 cars until October 2021. Thus, compared to October 2019 and its counterpart in 2021, the number of cars increased The stolen cars amounted to 746 cars, or 212%,” explaining that “currently, approximately 4 cars are stolen daily in Lebanon.”

He points out that, “With regard to regular thefts, during the same period, 1,314 thefts were recorded in October 2019, which rose to 2,054 thefts in 2020, and 4,804 thefts in the first ten months of 2021, an increase of 265%. This means that every day 16 thefts occur in Lebanon, on an average, that are classified as ordinary thefts, such as theft of a house, workshop, factory, shop, and the like.

As for murders, for various reasons, Shams El-Din explains, "There were 89 murders in the first ten months of 2019, and the number rose to 171 murders during the same period of the current year 2021, meaning that it unfortunately increased by almost 100%."

Shams El-Din believes that “the high rate of crimes and thefts at such high rates is a dangerous indication that the economic and social crisis has begun to leave its mark on the security situation in Lebanon. What is especially dangerous is that those who carry out the theft are not individuals, but organized gangs.”

He points out, "Instead of these gangs being able to attract 100 thieves, they can attract 200, given the collapse and deterioration of the social and living situation. Because whoever steals a car or a house is not a single ordinary person, given that similar operations need an integrated group and gang to monitor, monitor, warn and dispose of the stolen items later, and the like.

Shams El-Din fears that “the numbers of crimes and thefts in the year 2021 are worrying, compared to the same period in 2019, which was considered stable in security. The fear exists that the numbers will double more in the next year 2022, in the event that the situation continues to deteriorate and the current state of security slack, so that the citizen no longer dares to leave his home, and we hope that we will not reach this limit.”

He added, “It is no longer a secret that there have been many cases of citizens reporting that they have been robbed, whether directly in the police station or by phone call, only to get the answer, we have no cars, they are broken, there is no petrol, and the like. The most dangerous thing is that the apology and failure to respond to citizens’ complaints is sometimes due to the lack of sufficient personnel at the police station to pursue the case and move to the scene of the theft and investigate the crime.

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