Fewest crime reports for five years

A 17 percent decrease since 2009

Reports of crime in Denmark have fallen dramatically from last year and are at their lowest rate for five years, according to new figures from the national police Rigspolitiet.

During the first nine months of 2014, police across Denmark registered 243,484 reports of crimes – 21,000 fewer than the same period in 2013 and a decline of 7.8 percent.

”It's great to see such a large decline in almost all categories,” Jens Henrik Højbjerg, the national police chief, told DR Nyheder.

”People have become better at taking care of one another, youth crime has fallen significantly and there is a lot of good police work being done. These are some of the reasons why we've seen the drastic fall in crime.”

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Less reports = less crime
The crime reportage rate was at its highest in 2009 when almost 300,000 reports of crime were submitted during the first nine months of the year – a 17 percent increase on 2014.

The crime reportage rate has fallen in eight out of the ten crime categories. There were marginal increases in the number of offences against the person and sexual offences.

The justice minister, Mette Frederiksen, was pleased with the new figures, which she said indicates there is less crime taking place now.