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Frankfurt dubbed Germany’s crime capital

The Local · 29 Aug 2011, 12:30

Published: 29 Aug 2011 12:30 GMT+02:00

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According to Focus magazine, Frankfurt has now topped the criminality chart 22 times in the last 25 years. The western city is followed by Hannover and Berlin.

The statistics, expected to be released by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) at the end of October, were reported in the latest edition of the news weekly.

The Focus report caused some consternation among Frankfurt officials. “The statistics are wrong,” said Markus Frank, head of the city’s public order office. “We are one of the safest cities in Europe.”

But following a press enquiry, a BKA spokeswoman did not deny the content of the Focus article.

Frank speculated that Frankfurt’s large banking sector might be responsible for the negative figures. He pointed out that many of the financial crimes committed worldwide, such as credit card fraud, end up being registered in Frankfurt, because so many banks have their headquarters there.

Frank also suggested that many of the crimes could be committed by some of the 53 million passengers who pass through Frankfurt Airport every year. Thus, the city’s statistics would include customs or immigration-related crimes.

Without one of Europe’s biggest air hubs and its banking sector, Frankfurt would be somewhere in the middle of the table, said Frank.

Focus put Munich way down in number 68 on the crime chart, which covers 80 towns with more than 100,000 residents. The safest towns were Fürth in Bavaria, Reutlingen in Baden-Württemberg, and Remscheid in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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But the statistics also suggest that Germany is becoming safer on the whole. The BKA recorded 5.93 million crimes in 2010 – the first time the figure has dipped below six million since reunification.

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13:16 August 29, 2011 by bigpainingermany
Does the figure includes the murder by some so-called Doctors in Hospitals in Frankfurt? Mr. Frank, something most be done to save our beloved city from some evil people. We should stop pointing fingers on otherpeople like passengers who pass through Frankfurt airport and looks for where the problem lies.
15:42 August 29, 2011 by freechoice
i think the chances of getting rear ended by your fellow drivers are much higher than being involved in the crime statistic.

interesting is there co-relation between the existence of red light district to the number crimes committed in major German cities?
20:25 August 29, 2011 by catjones
Blame the immigrants, Frankie...way to go sleazeball. A lot of them in the airport with guns and knives, eh?
10:04 August 30, 2011 by Asgarli
RUBBISH! Frankfurt is way more safe than any major US city I've been to, I can walk hear red light district area night and nothing will happen to me!

The statistics if flawed in two ways:

1. There are many people that live outside Frankfurt, but work in Frankfurt. So crime is done by people that are here during the day, but is divided to number of residents. There are ~1 million people that are in Ffm during the day, but there are only 600k residents

2. Customs crimes in Frankfurt airport are also counted, and for 600k city and such a big airport, its a big impact.
11:20 August 30, 2011 by Johnne
Mr Frank, stop pointing fingers at other people and just admit the fact. He wants to blame it on immigrantion and foreign banks/companies and froeign whatever...everything foreign is responsible- yeeaah rriigghht! :-)
11:38 August 30, 2011 by jennyho
I'm not sure which is worse, the haphazard reporting or the rabid comments based on the haphazard reporting... the headline states: "largest number of murder and manslaughter cases per 100,000 residents", but the article fails to elaborate and Mr. Frank goes on about financial crimes and airport incidents. Everyone wants to defend their city against bad reports, but let's all get the facts first, na?
18:04 August 31, 2011 by ECSNatale
I lived in Frankfurt for years and it was the safest I have ever felt after leaving the USA.. statistics schmatistics... I'll take Mainhatten any day!
18:30 August 31, 2011 by Flint
@ ECSNatale. I agree. I lived in Frankfurt from '85 to '88. I now live in Kansas City. There was never any part of FFM where I felt unsafe walking at night. There are plenty of places in KC I wouldn't walk in broad daylight and half the city I wouldn't walk at night.

I would be surprized if any American city of comparable size, even Salt Lake City, is anywhere near as safe as Frankfurt
02:24 September 6, 2011 by hardly
I too live in Frankfurt and it feels very safe relative to the cities in the U.S. I have lived. The article was not making that comparison and as jennyho pointed out the article is unclear and poorly organized.

When reading the headline I was surprised, but I have not lived in other German cities which could be like Mayberry relatively.

cheers to jennyho for the above comment.
17:28 September 7, 2011 by expatriarch
@catjones - I guess the offending comment was removed, but there is no denying that Frankfurt has a lot of the problems it has because of immigrant communities, especially Eastern European communities that have fed all the organized crime that plagues the city. Russians, anyone?

That being said, I am surprised that the murder rate is not listed in this article, because I am sure that it is no where near, e.g., the 67 people that were shot just over this one Labor Day weekend in Brooklyn. Crime is far worse in the USA but there is also no comparison, as the variables and differences are too great.

One thing I would say though that bothers me about Germany immensely, is that even though I am not a gun-nut by any means and I do have weapons that I know how to use and will use to kill anyone that represents any kind of threat because I am afforded that right and have to take responsibility for my own safety in the USA; I feel far more confident that American police will respond faster and better to protect me. Generally speaking I will agree that you can feel far safer in Germany, but when there are thugs, gangs, or trouble-makers that want to cause havoc; I don't have any confidence that German police will respond quick enough, have a proper presence or equipment, or that they will mean business against the offenders of peace, freedom and safety. What's even worse, is that even once one has become a victim of crime and has ones freedom and sense of security and safety violated; German courts have a history of protecting criminals and sociopathic people's rights to have freedom over the freedom of safety and security of the victim.

A good example is of those thugs that gang raped a girl repeatedly after they knocked out her boyfriend in the street. As I understand it off the top of my head, three are minors and will go free when they are 21 and the other will probably only get some small punishment that will let him out in a couple years; while the victims (her and him) will suffer their whole life and the relationship with her boyfriend (potential life partner) will surely crack and fall apart over this matter.

The good about Germany's laughable justice system is that at least you would only get a couple of years in jail for taking things into my own hands since the state that does not afford its citizens the right for self protection, even whilst it neglects to do so itself, will not. Maybe if someone's retribution were brutal and shocking and on every newspaper because their headless bodies were dangling above the pile of their entrails and crushed mass that used to be their face; maybe then the justice system might think "maybe people want justice for being violated".

Where the USA goes far too far incarcerating everyone for every little thing that should be fixed otherwise because it is convenient to the wealthy; Germany goes the other way and lets offenders out on the street to continue tormenting and terrorizing people.
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