Bucharest crime figures down 11 pct in H1 from previous year

The number of crimes in Bucharest went down by about 11% in the first six months of this year compared to the same period of 2012, the Bucharest Police informed.

„Preventive actions, as well as the professionalism and promptness of DGPMB personnel interventions in the combat of crime resulted in a 7.7% decrease in the number of reported crimes compared to the same period of 2012, and a 10.8% decline in the number of crimes. The number of persons held in prison by remand or arrest increased by 12.4% and catch-in-the-act interventions increased by 20.7%,” reveals the cited source.

There has been a decrease in the rates of reported burglaries (about 25%), reported home thefts (about 8%), the number home break-ins (almost 4%), reported thefts from cars (about 19 %), thefts from cars in the streets (approximately 18%), reported pickpocketing incidents (over 21%).

About 70% of all crimes against property are petty crimes (thefts from motorcars, from store shelves, other theft crimes, pickpocketing, destruction).

Of the total number of persons sent behind bars in the first six months of the year, 49.2% were remanded and 49.5% were arrested, and 1.3% were placed under a ban to leave the locality or the country; 33 persons were arrested for tax evasion.

As far as the increase in road safety is concerned, the overall objective was partly fulfilled, as there has been a decrease in the number of traffic accidents resulting in serious injuries. The drivers were at fault in 55% of the cases, and the pedestrians in 38% of the cases.

Some major projects were carried out in Bucharest to prevent juvenile delinquency and the victimization of minors, for the prevention and combat of theft and violent crime: „Great Tips for Little Ones,” „No Room for Haggling under the Law,” „Stay Stafe,” „Gandirefresh Fan Club,” „Your Pocket Matters,” „Protection Order,” „Safe in the Street,” and „Preventing Aggression in Traffic.

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