Qatar has one of the lowest crime rates in the world, according to figures released by the general secretariat of the state cabinet.

Murder rate in Qatar is barely 0.5 per 100,000 people, compared to a world average of four, the figures published in the local media reveal.

The rate of burglaries is 25 per 100,000 inhabitants, while the world average is 100 per 100,000 people.

The rates of other crimes like kidnapping, assaults and arson are also low, with a collective rate of five per 100,000 people while the world average is eight per 100,000 inhabitants, The Peninsula daily said.

Qatar has recently set up Al Faza to maintain vigil on roads and residential areas on a 24-hour basis, provides instant help and prevents crimes. The force has 142 patrol cars to carry out its duty, the paper said.

A total of 8,527 people were rounded up in 2008 for violating residence permit (RP) rules and 6,610 were deported.

The authorities said they identified 5,269 companies for failing to stamp or renew work visas for their employees in 2008.

Under the Qatari law, employers are fined for visa-related violations.