'Germany is one of the safest countries in the world'
Crime is at its lowest level in Germany in nearly 30 years but many people still feel unsafe.
The new figures show recorded crime dropped in all states last year apart from one.
However, authorities warn that statistics do not tell the whole story as many offences go unreported.
Horst Seehofer in Berlin on Tuesday. Photo: DPA
'Lowest figures for decades'
Seehofer said less than one percent of the population is affected by serious crime in Germany. "Every crime is of course one too many. But objectively this is the lowest figure for decades," he said. However Seehofer was wary of calling it a success, saying that would only be the case if "this trend was also sustainable".
The number of violent crimes decreased by 1.9 percent compared to the previous year, and theft decreased by 7.5 percent, reported Welt.
Bavaria is the only state in Germany to record an increase in crime last year (0.9 percent) compared to the previous year.
Meanwhile, sexual child abuse and child pornography reports have increased. Compared to the previous year, the number of recorded cases of abuse rose by 6.7 percent from 11,547 to 12,321, and the number of suspects nabbed by officers increased by 5.4 percent to 9,357.
How safe do people feel?
At the press conference, Seehofer also discussed the findings of a report about how safe people feel in Germany.