Crime spike in CNMI following typhoon

11:07 am on 26 September 2015

The police in the Northern Marianas say crime is on the rise in Saipan in the wake of typhoon Soudelor.

CNMI police

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The Department of Public Safety commissioner, James Deleon Guerrero, says police have received 1,850 complaints for various crimes since the typhoon struck nearly two months ago.

He says there have been 109 arrests, including five people who were charged with siphoning petrol and stealing generators.

Mr Guerrero says most of the complaints police have received were for disturbing the peace, followed by burglary and theft.

He says a lack of electricity has made many homes vulnerable to burglary, adding the increase in crime has police stretched to the limit.