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Crime rate drops

LAST YEAR was the safest year for Slovakia since it became independent in 1993, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák told the press on January 20, referring to figures regarding the crime rate and solved crimes.

LAST YEAR was the safest year for Slovakia since it became independent in 1993, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák told the press on January 20, referring to figures regarding the crime rate and solved crimes.

“The results bring us closer to the pre-1989 period,” Kaliňák said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. He was joined at the press conference with Police Corps President Tibor Gašpar and first vice-president Milan Lučanský.

While 193,000 crimes were recorded back in 1993, the number dropped to 81,245 in 2014. Compared to the previous year, the number fell by over 8,000 crimes.

“I would like to point out that the annual fall from 2013 is very significant,” Gašpar said, as quoted by TASR.

The Sme daily also used the data about the crime rate from 1984 and 1985. Though it is not possible to compare the data about the total crime rate, since the old data had been registered differently, the daily based its comparison on the statistics from the General Prosecutor’s Office. It suggests that while in 1985 there were more than 61,500 perpetrators, in 2014 it was 51,000.

The recent statistics suggest that the crime rate was down in all categories. The recorded and solved violent crimes dropped from 6,003 in 2013 to 5,637 last year. Murders were down from 78 to 72, which is the lowest number in the country’s history, and even that figure includes older cases that were not solved until 2014.

“In fact, there were 54 murders in Slovakia in 2014, which ranks us among the safest countries,” Kaliňák added. Slovakia is therefore coming close to one murder per 100,000 inhabitants.

Fifteen of the murders involved a firearm, while an explosive was used in one case – when the moving car of Žiar nad Hronom (Banská Bystrica Region) councillor and lawyer Marek Rakovský blew up in the town’s centre in July 2013. The crime was solved in 2014.

Back in 1984 the prosecutor’s office prosecuted a total of 81 perpetrators for murder, so it is not possible to tell the exact difference, Sme wrote.

The number of robberies shrank from 836 to 680. In 1984 the number of robberies stood at 664, which is comparable to 2014, Sme wrote.

Property-related crimes were also down, from 38,750 to 34,301. Burglaries dropped from 11,167 to 9,427 and vehicle thefts decreased from 2,431 to 2,297. Economic crimes went from 19,218 to 17,450, tax evasion crimes went from 6,053 to 5,739.

The rate of crimes solved rose from 54.33 percent to 55.84 percent year-on-year, TASR wrote.

Source: TASR, Sme

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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