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German crime drops to record low

The Local · 21 May 2011, 11:27

Published: 21 May 2011 11:27 GMT+02:00

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A total of 5.9 million crimes were registered with the police in 2010, down two percent from 2009, while the rate of crimes solved also hit a record high of 56 percent, the interior ministry said.

Despite a nine-percent drop in violent crimes committed by 14 to 18-year-olds, Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich warned against complacency following a string of high-profile recent incidents in Berlin and Munich.

"Between 1993 and 2008 youth violent crime doubled, so the falls seen in the past two years are coming down from a high level," he said in a statement.

East and West Germany became one country in 1990 and combined crime statistics began being compiled three years later.

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13:08 May 21, 2011 by ChrisRea
I wonder if this statistic has something to do with the increased number of imigrants. :)
14:47 May 21, 2011 by steamy pony
yeah ChrisRea, particularly those who can't spell...
15:18 May 21, 2011 by FIUMAN
Wow, if you want to see some criminals I could suggest a few places. How about the criminals hanging out at night around the north side of the Hamburg hauptbahnhoff? How about certain areas of Berlin that are like no-go zones at night. Indeed, I have been in areas of Leipzig that were like Zombie movies at night time.....
19:07 May 21, 2011 by MfromUSA
Be happy that you do not live in the USA where at any time, in any city of moderate size, you could be shot and killed by our gang-bangers, or mugged and beaten to death outside an upscale bar in an upscale part of the city.

In the south of our country the violence due to drug traffic is enormous. in our cities the violence due to gangs and their "turf wars" is enormous also.

But crime and violence between family members is also very huge as a problem, and is also very discouraging.

You are doing something right in Germany with a crime rate as low as it is.
21:45 May 21, 2011 by Cheeseburger
Keep in mind, that's "crimes recorded" have dropped, not necessarily crime itself.
22:06 May 21, 2011 by Lachner
I think that Germany is one of the safest countries I have ever lived. Keep up the good work! :)
22:12 May 21, 2011 by HHayrider

"How about the criminals hanging out at night around the north side of the Hamburg hauptbahnhoff?"

Heck, in the early 90s, it was ANYWHERE around Hauptbahnhof. It was also the druggies with their needles, leaving the dirty tip in a coin return slot of a public phone. The McDonalds in the station put black lights up in the restroom, to keep the druggies from shooting up in there.

There were bad parts of Hamburg sure, but Ive been in the bad parts of Chicago and Los Angeles as well. Hamburg doesnt even come close.
09:04 May 22, 2011 by Carlos Hausner
The number of "crimes recorded" depends upon what is defined as a "crime" and who is organising the "recording." I am certain that there must have been very few recorded crimes in Sodom and Gomorrah.
18:31 May 23, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
Drug addicts are not 'criminals' like others who actually hurt people. What they buy is illegal, yes, but they are people who in most cases have a disease and need help. Germany is actually making it safer for them and everyone else; I've seen vending machines with clean needles and alcohol pads (to prevent the spread of diseases, obviously). There are bad parts of big citites in Germany, sure, but it is comparatively safer than U.S. and certainly cleaner than a lot of ther European countries.
18:53 May 23, 2011 by Zlik
Eco-crime From bigwigs are not even considered , correct?
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