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German cities see increase of break-ins

The Local · 15 Mar 2013, 14:12

Published: 15 Mar 2013 14:12 GMT+01:00

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Organised thieving gangs also seem to be on the increase while the days of the individual cat burglar would seem to be over.

Large towns and cities are the worst hit, with break-in black spots covering the urbanized western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, according to the study based on figures from the Statistics Office published this week by geld.de insurance portal.

In towns with more than 100,000 people, one in 175 houses and flats are broken into, the portal's statement said.

In 2011, the last year for which statistics are available, there were 132,595 break-ins, an increase of 9.3 percent on the previous year. This produced costs of more than €400 million.

The worst-hit town was Recklinghausen in the northern Ruhr area. There police recorded 591 break-ins per 100,000 people. This was followed by Bremerhaven with 578, and Düsseldorf with 566 per 100,000 people.

On the other end of the scale was Munich, which reported a mere 63 incidents per 100,000 and came 102nd on the list, even after an increase of 9,1 percent on the previous year.

Collaborative crime is on the rise, with incidents only rarely involving individuals acting alone.

The study also highlights an increasing trend of so-called "climber-gangs", who enter upper floors of houses by way of scaling the drainpipe.

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Police largely fail to catch the thieves, with nearly 80 percent of such crimes remaining unsolved - although incidents in the east are more likely to result in the clicking of handcuffs.

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15:57 March 15, 2013 by Zubair Khan
Law enforcing agencies must react. Germany is still considered the safest country in whole of Western Europe. Where gone the old German ladies whose sole assignment is to keep watching movements of every one in the neighbourhood?
22:01 March 15, 2013 by Istabraq

All those old ladies are now working mini jobs or internships doing same. Demotivated and bitter they do not take their duties seriously any more.
07:49 March 16, 2013 by Englishted
I wonder if there is a breakdown of the nationality of the caught offenders ?,

just to see if the increase is related to the increase in migration from certain countries.
07:54 March 16, 2013 by Steve1949
Not only break ins have gone up. Violent crimes and drugs also. All a part of the wall coming down. It not only let good people come to the west but also all the trash as well.
11:34 March 16, 2013 by Tilak RaJ
I t is totally unbelievable, that break ins in Germany are increasing, I thought that Germany is crime free.
12:14 March 16, 2013 by Englishted
@Tilak RaJ

Yes and we have full employment and the gap between rich and poor is closing ,we go to work in Rolls Royce cars over streets of gold and eat Ambrosia and drink Nectar. We even believe the propaganda fed to us on a regular basis in certain on line newspapers.
12:50 March 16, 2013 by twisted
Might I suggest more police on the streets, roving patrols....part of the job of the police is prevention and that can only be accomplished by letting the bad guys know that the police are out there, not shifting paper in the precinct station.
16:15 March 16, 2013 by Dyderich
The police are busy with immigrants that everyone wants to welcome with open arms....as well as the criminals that are now freely welcomed by everyone. Why bother...if enough places get broken into, stuff stolen, maybe people will wake up and start taking charge again....sadly, if you catch someone, shoot the bastard or club them if you do not own a firearm...but then again, you will most likely end up in jail with a lawsuit from the criminal who broke into your house/flat to steal from you....its all so stupid nowadays...
18:13 March 16, 2013 by RainerL
It's all about MONEY nowadays. Governments cutting down on Policing costs equals increase in crimeas on of the main causes. Then there are all these useless Louts who sit at Home being fed by their Parents , no rent to pay , no Job and all the time in the world to commit offenses in part for excitement and personal gain and because they are bore. I say; Lock emreal consequenses and not a slap on the wrist up for a few Years.Even better" Let the Victim take what they have to recoup what has been taken. In my Book these Thiefs are worthless Ferruls!!
23:17 March 16, 2013 by Englishted

Please get spell check.
13:46 March 17, 2013 by raandy
Ya RainerL, if these "Louts" are not breaking in they are spray painting the walls of buildings , destroying the park benches and playground equipment ect.

For those obtuse individuals under 16 , the parents should have to come good for the destruction, the obtuse persons 16 and over should have to do community service to repay the damages.

There should be consequences for destructive behavior that are at least equivalent or greater than the cost of replacement or repair.
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