SE Asia crime stats improve

Situation improves, but caution urged.

Piracy & Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia – ReCAAP ISC October 2015 Report

ReCAAP ISC has released the Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia report for October 2015. It highlights a fall in the number of incidents having taken place with no tanker hijack reported during the month. The Liberia-registered tanker, Almi Spirit, saw six knife-armed robbers escape the vessel by jumping into the sea as a patrol vessel intercepted the tanker.

In comparison to past two months, there has been an improvement in the situation of piracy and armed robbery against ship in Asia in October 2015. A total of 13 incidents of armed robbery against ships were reported in October 2015 compared to 18 incidents in September 2015 and 25 incidents in August 2015. Of the 13 incidents reported in October 2015, 12 were actual incidents and one was an attempted incident. No piracy incident was reported.

From January 2015 till October 2015, a total of 174 incidents (comprising 162 actual and 12 attempted incidents) were reported, states ReCAAP. Notably, the total number of incidents reported during the first 10 months of 2015 is higher than the annual number of incidents reported in 2011, 2012 and 2013; but lower than that in 2014. However, if the average number of incidents of about 17 incidents reported per month for the period of January-October 2015 continues, the number of incidents for…2015 is expected to be higher than that reported in 2014 (187).

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