PHUKET: Crime statistics released by the Phuket Provincial Police for October this year show decreases in most crime categories, with narcotics-related crimes once again the most common.
There was no change in the number of Category 1 (heinous) crimes year-on-year, with 10 cases reported.
There were four pre-mediated murders reported with two arrests in October this year and five cases of gang robbery, which involve three or more people using force or intimidation to steal from others.
There was a 56.3% increase in Category 2 crimes, which include assault and rape. The increase was led by a doubling in the number of assault cases year on year, with 14 reported in October 2010. There were also five reported rapes during the period, compared to just one in October 2009.