Crime goes up but serious offences fall again

18th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

18 January 2006, MADRID — Crime went up last year but the number of serious offences, such as murder and rape, fell for the second year running, new figures have shown.

18 January 2006

MADRID — Crime went up last year but the number of serious offences, such as murder and rape, fell for the second year running,  new figures have shown.

There were 46 fewer murders in 2005 than the year before – a 3.6 percent fall.

The interior ministry said this represented a 10 percent fall on the murder rate over two years.

Spain also had one of the lowest crime rates compared with neighbouring countries.

There were 49 crimes per 1,000 inhabitants, compared with 105.4 in Britain, 80.4 in Germany and 63.9 in France.

Overall crime went up 2.5 percent, mainly due to increases in vandalism and petty offences, which rose by 6.2 percent.

Assaults also went up by 10.8 percent.

But the interior ministry report did not include figures from the Basque and Catalan authorities who have their own police forces.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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