Malaysia: Crime Statistic 2000-2006 (II)

In the previous post, the absolute number of crime stats is reported. Today, in this post, the normalised, or the crime rate per 100 000 or 10 000 population is discussed. The crime stat data from other countries, e.g. OECD which I have previously discussed (here and here), will also be used to compare with Malaysia’s crime scenario, particularly on year 2000.

1) Incident rate for homicide, attempt murder, robbery (both group or single and with firearmed), and rape.

Rape is seeing an alarming rise from year 2000 to 2005. In year 2000,  only 5.26 rape cases reported out of 100 000 population, but it increase to 7.44 cases of 100 000 persons in year 2005. Apart from rape crime, the other violent crimes are in general seeing a decrease over the year 2000-2006. The drastic drop is seen in single/firearmed type robbery.

For year 2000, the incident rate for robbery (total) is 0.639 cases per 1000 persons. Compared this value to the number in OECD countries, Malaysia was doing slightly worse than Denmark (0.59), and better than the other OECD countries like Germany, Canada, Sweden, US, France, UK and etc.  

On the other hand, homicide rates in Malaysia year 2000 was 2.40 cases per 100 000 persons. Malaysia’s number was doing slightly better than New Zealand (2.56), Finland (2.83) and US (5.52), and worse off than the countries like Australia (1.81), UK (1.64) and etc.

2) Crime incident rate (per 10 000 population) for various crime against property: van/lorry theft, motorcar, motorbike, snatch-theft and the others.

All the theft crime incidents were seeing a stable condition during that period. Snatch-theft rate was seeing a decrease since year 2003, 6.46 cases per 10 000 persons to 3.79 cases per 10 000 persons in year 2005, while the motorbike theft incident rate is seeing a slight increment, around 20.0 cases per 10 000 persons.

Domestic burglary crime (not shown in the graph above) recorded an incident rate of 1.43 cases per 1000 population in year 2000. Compared it to the lowest in the OECD countries Austria (1.63 cases per 1000 pop.), Malaysia enjoyed relatively safer neighbourhood from burglary. Malaysia was definitely safer than Australia, which recorded 14.4 cases burglary crime per 1000 pop. in year 2000.

On motorcar theft, 0.316 motorcar cases per 1000 population was reported in year 2000, compared it to the lowest among OECD countries, Greece (0.52 cases).


  1. mrs.emicute said,

    August 29, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    where i can get all the statistic from? can u give me any links to it?

  2. mich said,

    August 29, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    Just go to Malaysia Royal Police (Polis Diraja Malaysia) website and search for statistic link. It is in Malay though…

  3. Jalini said,

    January 14, 2008 at 12:00 am

    With regards to rape, do you think the rise may be in the cases REPORTED, and rather not in occurences of rape? I would think that to be more likely, in that people, mainly women, are more inclinded to report that they have been raped compared to before.

  4. michelle said,

    January 14, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Jalini, in my personal opinion, I think both happened. There could be more women reported the rape incidents with the increasing awareness, but I think it is more a subtle change, if we can compare it like in 1980s to 2000s. On the other hand, 1210 cases doubled to 2435 cases from year 2000 to 2006 is more likely contributed by real incidents took place.

  5. ashley said,

    February 11, 2008 at 10:08 am

    I think those do not like this country would probably be warned that Austraila is definetly unsafe compared to Malaysia

  6. Tiffany Hong said,

    May 6, 2008 at 6:12 am

    about raping, I personally heard chinese women crying and say “jangan’ when I think rape by male house mate or that person bump into her room in the 6.30am, the time I about to get up and get dress. Chinese girl children screaming and crying asking father to stop, saying her stomach very aching, in the night 11.30pm, and sometimes ago I heard chinese girl raped by Indian in her family room. I think women need to aware of with whom your are staying or serrounding people. Please show some simplicity when you heard women screaming or crying being rape or molested, at least the male neighbour who is the nearest can shout out and go and knock at the door. Sometimes it’s a little scary for us women to go out and checking on the matter.

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  9. S-Stu said,

    February 15, 2009 at 5:15 am

    Recently i got an assignment to do, but i hardly can’t find the data for the assignment. So can give me a link where can i get the murderer data in Malaysia from Year 1980 until 2008? Is it available? Or if the data available, can you sent it direct to my email?

  10. JEFFRY BONG said,

    November 25, 2009 at 7:12 am

    Do you believe in crime statistics .? What about those unreported cases??
    How can you make comparison with Australia,look at the size of the country and populations .

  11. liu si meng said,

    January 20, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    i would like to call all victim ,family and friends to form an association to help each other , by share of experience how to over come the difficult after injure ,lost familymember,lost of job,console,financial aid,or any channel of help.

  12. James Yong said,

    January 31, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I’m doing a study on Street Crime in Malaysia. Do you know of sources of statistics which go beyong 2006 to more current. Official figures are fine, but independent sources will also be very useful to corraborate the officially published trends.

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