The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics has said that there was a 16.7 per cent increase in crime reported to the police.
According to the Economic Survey 2022 by KNBS, stealing was the most reported crime by 35.1 per cent, as Criminal damage and Dangerous drugs followed by 31.1 per cent and 28.3 per cent.
Theft of stock and theft by servants was reported at 26.2 and 22.6 per cent, while breaking, economic crimes, homicides and robbery stood at 17%, 14.8%, 5.5% and 3.0% respectively.
Other penal code offences accounted for 25.4 per cent.
The survey said that the number of cases filed in courts increased by 5.5 per cent in 2021 to 362,332.
The Economic Survey is an annual publication focusing on the socio-economic highlights of the economy for the last five years.
The survey released on Thursday also indicated that inflation rose to a four-year high to 6.1 per cent up from 5.4 per cent the previous year.
This was the highest cost of living recorded in the country since 2017 when it hit eight per cent.
It also noted that Kenya’s economy grew 7.5 per cent in 2021 driven largely by the recovery of key sectors from the Covid-19 pandemic and sound macroeconomic environment.