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Crime in Jordan


Jordan is considered relatively peaceful, although there has been concern in recent years over the increasing crime rate. Public Security Directorate statistics show that the number of recorded crimes in the kingdom increased by 4.5 percent from 2008 to 2009. A police spokesman asserted that the increase was within the ‘natural’ range expected of a developing country with a rapidly growing population and that the rate of crime detection was among the highest worldwide.

A recent report on crimes and civil unrest in the kingdom (OSAC Jordan 2011 Crime and Safety Report) showed that the overall crime rate remained low in 2010 and early 2011. The report found that economic factors, clan disputes, and the parliamentary elections of November 2010 played a role in civil disputes in the kingdom and the increasingly frequent demonstrations in several governorates.

The Public Security Directorate has stressed that Jordan is a transit point for drug trafficking in the region but that the rate of drug use among Jordanians is relatively low. Although the Directorate believes that drug trafficking is rising, despite efforts at control, statistics show that the total number of drug cases in the country and the number of substance abusers decreased slightly from 2009 to 2010.

The report also commended the Public Security Directorate for its professionality and called it one of the most effective in the region, because of the training it receives from the United States. It said that the Directorate is capable of maintaining security in hotels and areas where international diplomats and businessmen reside and that police response-time in the capital is three to five minutes; the capital has a 24-hour emergency-control centre.

Jordanians have, however, been dismayed over the past couple of years at the increase in civil unrest in their country, particularly inter-tribal feuds and attacks on policemen.

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