Hong Kong's crime rate rose by 3.2 per cent last year with a surge in quick cash crimes, firearms offences and violent attacks, police said yesterday. Police Commissioner Tsang Yam-pui said the rise - the first in three years - was largely due to increases in crimes like bag snatching, shop thefts and deception committed by jobless people and mainland visitors. The total number of crimes rose 3.9 per cent from 2001 to 75,877 last year, including a 4.3 per cent surge in violent crimes such as robberies. The figure equates to a crime rate per 100,000 population of 1,120 - 3.2 per cent more than 2001. The increase bucks a downward trend in crime figures since 1999. The police detection rate fell 1.3 per cent to 42.7 per cent last year, the second lowest in 10 years. However, Mr Tsang said the crime situation was stable and that the force's detection rate was still among the best in the world.