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Burglary rate surges

The Local · 17 May 2011, 10:07

Published: 17 May 2011 10:07 GMT+02:00

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The eastern state of Saxony saw the greatest increase in crime, with break-ins surging 21.2 percent.

“The absolute focus is the city of Leipzig. Almost half of all apartment break-ins in Saxony took place there,” Saxon Interior Minister Markus Ulbig told the paper.

The central state of Hesse saw the next greatest increase in burglaries last year (16.3 percent), followed by Schleswig-Holstein (13.7 percent) and Brandenburg (11.7 percent).

The northern city-state of Bremen actually saw the number of break-ins drop by 15.4 percent. Nevertheless, it remained nationwide leader in burglary rates. The port city experienced 43.6 break-ins per 10,000 residents, ahead of Hamburg (42.3) and nearly double Berlin (25.3).

Of the 123,000 registered burglaries nationwide, police managed to solve only 16 percent of cases.

Bremen’s Interior Minister Ulrich Mäurer recommended people mark their valuables with “artificial DNA” to enable the authorities to track their stolen goods.

“If citizens also make that visible outside, the number of break-ins drops noticeably,” he told Die Welt.

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German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich will present the full crime statistics on Friday in Berlin.

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Your comments about this article

11:02 May 17, 2011 by catjones
Ever since my building was blurred there have been zero break-ins.

With a police failure rate of 84%, burglary is a risk-free occupation.
11:23 May 17, 2011 by auniquecorn
ok catjones, how many break-ins before they blurred your building?
13:18 May 17, 2011 by elboertjie
What is 'artificial DNA' in this context?

Can someone please give examples of what this is and how to make us of this in practical terms?

Thank you
14:18 May 17, 2011 by michael4096
"What is 'artificial DNA' in this context?"

I wondered that. I guess you could bleed on everything. But, maybe engraving your name and address on the bottom of things is easier.
18:48 May 17, 2011 by trash head
Hungarians and Bulgarians on tour.
19:33 May 17, 2011 by ChrisRea
Why not Polish people or Slovaks? Or Romanians? Or Spaniards? Or Greeks? Or Americans? Or British people?

trash head, do you have any objective, verifiable information to back your affirmation? Or is it only the desire to make other nations look bad?
21:21 May 17, 2011 by jg.
"What is 'artificial DNA' in this context?"

I think they are referring to chemical markers lke this:


You paint this stuff on your valuables - the crooks won't know it is there but the chemicals can be detected and identified as relating to you, even in very small amounts, like on the hands or clothes of the crooks.
23:54 May 17, 2011 by crm114
@ChrisRea if that really is your name. Hungarians and Bulgarians don't need any any help from trash head to "look bad" they are quite capable of that without outside help. Verifiable just in case you were wondering.
07:08 May 18, 2011 by ChrisRea
Yes, I wonder. I have been in Hungary and Bulgaria many times and I know quite some Hungarians and Bulgarians. They do not seem really different from other nations (British for example).

So, how can we verify that they "look bad"? Can you post some links or point to the verifiable information? Or is it just hot air?
12:11 May 18, 2011 by FredFinger
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17:04 May 19, 2011 by crm114
chris if you really are so naive as to believe that all members of the european brotherhood are equally bad then, using the search engine of your choice, type in the keywords bulgaria and crime and verify for yourself how bad they look.

As for Hungarians give me your email address and I'll supply the crime reference number.
18:24 May 19, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
"If citizens also make that visible outside, the number of break-ins drops noticeably...¦quot;

Make what available outside? Put up a sign that says "Achtung Burglers, I've taken a sharpie pen and marked all my things with 'artificial DNA'. Do not break in."

It doesn't make any sense.
00:41 May 20, 2011 by Rockentoten
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