More than 27,000 moneyrelated crimes, including those involving theft and blackmail,  were reported during the past eight years in Kuwait , a local newspaper reported yesterday quoting a Ministry of Justice study.
The legal study was carried out by the Information Technology and Statistics Department in the ministry, and covered crimes including theft, either through mugging, breaking in or robbed homes, blackmail and theft of public funds .
It showed that 27,585 such crimes were committed over the past eight years; 14 percent of which were by Kuwaiti citizens.
Moreover, the study showed that suspects in a majority of these cases fell in the 40 to 50 years age group.
According to the study, 3929 of these crimes were recorded last year.
It further predicted an increase in similar crimes in the next few years, by an average of 4137 expected for 2013, a figure gradually expected to climb to an average of 5050 by 2017.
Meanwhile, Al-Qabas quoted legal experts who commented on the issue by indicating that at least 40 percent of such cases were shelved due to lack of evidence, noting at the same time that investigations in some cases took years without any evidence coming to the fore.