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[Document] Crime, Justice and Security Statistics for 2023

Offences reported to the Police, excluding contraventions, increased by 1.6% from 57,846 in 2022 to 58,794 in 2023 mainly due to an increase in offences related to acts causing harm or intending to cause harm to the person (+27.7%) from 13,922 to 17,772 and partly offset by a decrease of 20.2% in offences related to other criminal acts not elsewhere classified from 25,076 to 20,021.

Road traffic contraventions increased by 17.1%, from 113,977 in 2022 to 133,434 in 2023. It is to be noted that « Motor vehicle licence not affixed » increased by 72.4% from 4,422 to 7,625.

Some 28,796 persons were suspected, arrested and/or cautioned in the course of criminal investigations in 2023, down by 20.3% from 36,128 in 2022. The number of persons prosecuted rose by 62.6% from 15,903 in 2022 to 25,862 in 2023.

From 2022 to 2023, the number of cases referred by Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to the Intermediate and Supreme Courts decreased by 4.1% from 1,029 in 2022 to 987 in 2023.

Out of the 4,935 adult convicts admitted in prison in 2023, some 70.3% were re-offenders who had been imprisoned in the past, regardless of any observation period.

An average amount of Rs 955 was spent daily to maintain a detainee in 2023 in the Island of Mauritius compared to Rs 858 in 2022.

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