Crime statistics from 2012 released on Sunday showed that in Frankfurt, central Germany, there were 16,310 offences committed per 100,000 inhabitants. In Düsseldorf this stood much lower at 14, 966 per 100,000 residents. In Cologne, this was 14,590, Welt am Sonntag said.
The safest city proved to be Munich – and it has been so for years. The police registered just 7,153 crimes per 100,000 people. This equates to just one in every 13 residents falling victim to crime and makes it, by far, the nation's least dangerous city.
Coming in behind Munich was the Bavarian city of Augsburg with 8,156 offences per 100,000 residents, then Wiesbaden with 8,288 per 100,000. The North Rhine-Westphalian (NRW) city of Bielefeld was the third safest city.
Analysis of Frankfurt pointed to a number of factors which made it particularly crime-prone, said the paper. The city's lively red-light district and huge airport both push up criminal activity.
Crime rates in Frankfurt have risen consistently over the past three years, while in Munich they have dropped year on year over the past four.
Police figures also showed a stark north-south divide over how likely people living in Germany were to fall victim to crime. NRW was the state with the overall highest crime rate – 8,510 per 100,000 residents. This was thanks to its concentration of cities, like Düsseldorf and Cologne, down the Rhine river.
In Bavaria, residents were almost half as likely to experience crime. As in 2012 just 4,977 offences were registered per 100,000 people. The state is, however, less densely populated than NRW.
In the south-western state of Baden-Württemberg, 5,317 crimes per 100,000 people were registered. Up north in the city-states, crimes were considerably more frequent.
In Berlin, 14,144 per 100,000 crimes occurred, whereas in the north west city of Bremen this was 13,128 per 100,000, while Hamburg saw 12,651 per 100,000 residents.