Police chief hails crime rates decline .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ANTALYA - Crime in the Southern city of Antalya decreased in 2008, according to the chief of the local police department.

Speaking at a meeting held in Antalya's Dedeman Hotel, Police Chief Feyzullah Arslan said the crime rate in Antalya had decreased when compared to those of last year.

Noting that they got the results of the research they conducted to prevent domestic violence, woman and child exploitation, drug offences and other crimes, Arslan also added this research revealed that crime against property decreased by 30 percent when compared to 2007, while the crime rate against indivuduals went down 10 percent.

"Thanks to citizen-police coordination within the ’Society-supported Police Project’, and the efficiency of the incriminating information system, people trust the police more than ever today".

Purse snatches went down nearly 60 percent and incidents of fraud dropped by about 70 percent, said Arslan, adding that a total of 1,607 people had been detained. They conducted 412 operations, 63 of which were project based, and 471 people out of 1,141 were arrested.

"Besides fighting crime, we also had a successful year in preventing traffic accidents. The rates of traffic accidents resulting in death decreased by 33 percent, in wounding by 1.79 percent, and in financial loss by 8.83 percent. In general terms, the decrease in the crime rate was recorded as 30 percent", said Arslan, who also pointed out that tolerance by the Antalya residents contributed much to the prevention of crime.

Decrease in traffic accidents
"The Antalya residents cooperate with the police forces in the model projects undertaken in the city. This is the main reason why the projects end in success", said Akif Aktuğ, branch manager of Preventing Services.

"Regarding the hours when the crime rates are the highest, thefts tend to take place between midnight and 4 a.m., while purse snatching generally happens between 8 p.m. and midnight", he added. Monday, Wednesday and Saturday are the days when crime is at its highest.