Amid the ongoing national crisis, crimes related to theft and murder are on rise in Lebanon. As per a Beirut-based research and consultancy firm International Information, there was a 144% increase in crimes related to theft compared to the same period last year.
Data collected from the Internal Security Forces (ISF) found that killings have increased sharply by 45.5% this year across the country during the months of January and February 2021. The death toll reached 32 compared to 22 in the same period in 2020.
“It’s not surprising at all that violent crime rates increased during world-historical public health and economic crisis, as inequality in the country, along with despair has skyrocketed,” Pierre al-Khoury, a public affairs researcher and member of the Board of Directors of the Lebanese Economic Association, told a leading news agency.
“Lebanon now is a perfect example of systematic and planned crimes like drug dealing, money laundering, and stealing from people,” he added.