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    N. Mamode Khan, I. Koodoruth, S.Rampat and Y. Sunecher

    Larceny is found in Chapter II under section 301 in the Mauritian Criminal Code. In regards to
    larceny law in Mauritius, just like in other criminal codes of other countries, the Mauritian criminal
    code clearly differentiates between the different types of larcenies, the penalty for the different
    types of larcenies, larceny during the night and day as well as larceny with or without violence or
    the use of weapons. In Mauritius, the punishment for larceny is conviction to imprisonment and a
    fine not more that Rs 10,000 but if the offender made use of a weapon which resulted in the victim
    being injured then the offender will be sentenced with a jail sentence of minimum 5 years but not
    exceeding 15 years.

    Larceny has become a real concern for the Mauritians because during the past year, there has been
    an increase of larceny cases in both rural and urban regions. In 2015, compared to 2014, there has
    been an increase of 445 cases of larceny reported. Since larceny in Mauritius has not been
    extensively researched, it is essential that some questions be posed.

    Why are there more cases of larceny in rural areas than in urban areas and during day time as
    compared to the night?

    Why does the statistics in Mauritius differ from the general statistics from around the world
    regarding larceny in rural and urban regions and the time during which larceny is committed?

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