Crime Statistics in Jordan ,

Haidar Fraihat

The prevalence of crime in Jordan is still within reasonable and controllable rates. The crimes perpetrated in

Jordan are still limited in terms of range and type. The majority of perpetrators act individually .Crimerelated data show an increase in the number of general crimes during 2007, in comparison with the 2003

(from 29756 crimes in 2003 to 42996 crimes in 2007).

The prevalence of crime is measured by the number of crimes per 10,000 or 100,000 population. The higher this rate, the more prevalent crime is in the society and vice versa. According to this measure, it is observed that crime rates increased between 2003 and 2007 — from 569 crimes per 100,000 population in 2003 to 751 crimes per 100,000 population in 2007. The highest rates observed according to governorates are for Aqaba and Amman Governorates. But the highest rate recorded was for Aqaba Governorate namely 1399 and 910 per 100,000 population. It is observed that the crime rates have dropped significantly in all governorates between 2003 and 2007 with the exception of Tafeila Governorate which witnessed a slight increase in its rate.

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