Tempo Interaktif reports that crime rates in Denpasar are on the decline. During the first six months of 2008 a total of 2,821 criminal cases were recorded in Denpasar and surrounding areas, a decrease of 2.45% as compared to the 2,891 cases reported in the same period in 2007.
The crime statistics released by the head of the publication sub-section of the public relations division of the Bali Police, Sri Harmiti, are comprised of reported incidents of simple larceny, armed robbery and vehicle theft.
According to Harmiti, 63% of the cases handled by the police were solved, with the remainder still considered "open" and under investigation.
Harmiti credits the slight downturn in criminality to increase community patrols by police and a heightened level of community contact between the police and the Balinese people.
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