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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 31, 2001 - The National/PINA Nius Online)---The crime rate in Papua New Guinea has declined from 6,171 cases in 2000 to 5,940 in 2001, according to Police Commissioner Joseph Kupo.

Mr. Kupo told reporters yesterday that he is pleased to report that the crime rate has been on the decline since 1998.

He attributed this to the Government's support of the police force and the commitment and dedication of policemen and policewomen.

Police crime statistics showed that drug offences topped the year with 1,364 arrests followed by 905 cases of robbery.

The National Capital District had the highest crime rate, with 2,106 cases, while the North Solomons province had the lowest rate with 39 arrests.

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