Crime rate in ČR drops for third year in a row

So far, 2016 looks like it will have fewer crimes than in previous years

Crime in the Czech Republic is likely to drop for the third year in a row. The first 11 months of 2016 saw 204,000 registered crimes, compared to 230,000 for the same period in 2015. Compared to last year the number of violent crimes, thefts and burglaries have fallen. Criminals this year so far have caused Kč 23.6 billion in damage, or about Kč 2 billion less than the previous year, according to statistics released by the Police Presidium.

Crime rose by 7 percent to more than 325,366 crimes in 2013, and that has been attributed to an amnesty declared by President Václav Klaus before he left office. Over 6,300 people were released from prison in January 2013 to mark the 20th anniversary of the Czech Republic. More than half of them were repeat offenders.

The crime rate dropped some 11.3 percent in 2014 to 288,660 crimes. In 2015 it fell again by 14.2 percent to 247,628 crimes.

In the first 11 months of 2016, the crime rate fell about 11 percent. The number of murders fell by 15 incidents to 127. The number of violent crimes decreased from approximately14,660 to 13,400. Burglaries fell from 32,000 to 26,000 and thefts were about 12,000 fewer than last year. The number of economic crimes fell by 2,000 to nearly 27,000.

In 2013, some 129,181 of the 325,366 reported crimes were solved, or some 39.7 percent. The following year, 2014, saw some 126,237 of the 288,660 crimes solved, amounting to 43.7 percent. In 2015 there were 126,083 crimes solved out of 247,628 reported, amounting to 50.9 percent. In the first 11 months of 2016, some 93,674 of 204,040 reported crimes were solved, or 45.9 percent.

The drop in the crime rate has been attributed to multiple reasons, most notably the economic recovery and increased employment, as well as higher living standards and better security systems.

The younger generation of criminals has also shifted away from property crimes to cyber crime, which the police are also trying to combat. 

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