More violence against life and limb in Berlin

More violence against life and limb in Berlin

The total number of crimes in Berlin hardly increased in 2019. There was more violence and politically motivated crime. That shows the new statistics.

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New numbers. Police President Barbara Slowik and Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) presented the crime statistics.

There was more violence against life and limb in Berlin in 2019. 41 people were killed, 65 attempts were made. The total number of cases rose from 94 to 106. This is the highest level since 2015 at 112. This is in the new Police Crime Statistics (PKS), the interior senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) presented with Police President Barbara Slowik on Tuesday.

In addition, the risk of falling victim to robbery has increased. The total number of robberies increased by five percent to 4,473 cases. The increase is mainly due to the increase in raids on the open road, 2479 cases were registered here, twelve percent more than in 2018.

Total crime barely increased

Overall, however, the number of registered crimes has hardly increased in the past year. In 2019, a total of 513,426 acts were registered, which was 1,749 or 0.3 percentage points more than in 2018. Geisel said that a good job had been done in 2019. For every 100,000 inhabitants, the number of crimes fell from 14,160 to 14,086 – because of the Population grew is. This is the lowest value since 2012. Police President Barbara Slowik commented: “The positive development of the past years continues.” The clearance rate rose slightly from 44.4 to 44.7 percent.

Increase in political crime

However, the politically motivated crime. The number of registered cases grew by 4.6 percentage points in 2019 – from 4,266 to 4,464 compared to 2018 right-wing violence there was an increase from 128 to 153 cases – plus. 20 percent. The number of leftist acts fell from 290 to 257.


More sexual assault

“I am concerned by the increase in offenses against sexual self-determination,” said the interior senator. There was an increase of 12 percentage points in rape, sexual assault and sexual assault. In the registered cases of sexual harassment alone, there was an increase of 18 percent. Statistics on child pornography even recorded an increase of 90 percent. There were 592 cases in 2019, compared to 280 in the previous year.

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All in all, 4,800 cases were recorded, 630 more than in the previous year. Of the 2,860 suspects identified, a quarter were under the age of 21, and just under 37 percent were not German citizens.

And that’s still in the statistics:

  • the least number of thefts since 2010
  • more burglaries in basements and apartments
  • stolen more cars
  • strong growth in internet crime
  • more drug offenses (among other things because of more controls in the GOrlitzer Park)
  • less burglaries in single-family houses, but more in apartments

The crime statistics PKS is the most important tool to account for the work of the police. Only reported crimes are recorded, the rate, how many of them have been investigated and how high the recorded crime rate per 100,000 inhabitants is.

Many acts are not reported

The statistics say nothing about the so-called dark field, the number of non-filing reports, for example, of pickpocketing remains unknown. And some crimes, such as drug trafficking, are found primarily in controls. Finally, it remains open whether the suspected criminals found could be brought to trial – in other words, the case has actually been solved.

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