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Lowest crime rate since the 1980s

Police report numbers are down in some areas, up in others


Cops are making more arrests (Photo: Colourbox)

August 28, 2014
12:36

by Ray Weaver


Danes reported fewer burglaries, fewer pockets being picked and fewer crimes in general during the first six months of 2014. 

“We have the lowest crime rate in many years,” Jens Henrik Højbjerg, the national police commissioner, told TV2 News. “We have worked hard and made more arrests – especially burglars.”

In the first six months of the year, police received 163,418 crime reports – a drop of over 10,000 from the same period in 2013, according to police figures.

The number of charges filed increased by over two percent during the same period.

Not all good news
Crime numbers are not dropping in every area. Domestic violence cases are up by 9.2 percent, fraud by 150 percent and rape by 42 percent.

“We are following those developments closely,” said Højbjerg. “We are still at historic lows when it comes to offences involving violence and assault.”

READ MORE: Number of asylum seekers charged with crimes rising

Højbjerg doesn’t believe that the reduction in crime is due to fewer people reporting burglaries and robberies.

“I’m sure it is not. Studies show that Danes are good at reporting and are well insured, so they would be inclined to report,," he said.

"And immigrants, who may not have had confidence in the police in their own country, are also beginning to report.”



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