Crime Report 2017

 

  • Crimes that Increased (in descending percentage change order): homicide, immigration, pornography, fraud, drugs, arson, infanticide/abandonment of child and violence against public officer, drugs
  • Crimes that Decreased (in percentage change order): prostitution, abuse of public authority, forgery, sexual offences, perjury and false swearing, theft, threats and private violence, damage, computer misuse, bodily harm and domestic violence

 

  • Thefts have seen an overall decrease in most categories, dropping by 567 cases in 2017, mainly related to Pickpocketing which in turn decreased by 303 cases (12.4% drop). The categories that did register increases in theft include theft from factories and building sites, hotels, retail outlets, religious temples, occupied residences and theft of vehicle. Theft from beaches experienced a 31 percent increase following a dip the previous year. Overall, Theft comprises 48.2% of all offences, of which pickpocketing comprises 12%, a decrease of 2% over the previous year record.

  • Damages constituted a stabilisation of reports between 2016 and 2017, decreasing slightly

  • Bodily Harm dropped to 879 cases in 2017 which results in a 2.5% drop, though still registering an average of 2.4 incidents per day.

  • Fraud has experienced a massive 57% (287 cases) increase over the previous year, having been experiencing a steadily annual rate of increase

  • Computer related crime experienced a 3% decrease over the previous year

  • Drugs reporting increased by 43% in 2017 to 310, the highest figure ever reported since 2004

  • Domestic Violence has for the first time since 2007 dipped slightly by 1% to 1257 cases in 2017 down from 1272 reports in 2016, which still points to a 180% increase between 2008 (450 reports) and 2017, when specific statistics on Domestic Violence became available due to changes in legislation (2007)

  • Threats and Public Violence has for the second year running, decreased to 296 (5%) between 2016 and 2017

  • Sexual Offences decreased by 9% (102 cases) in 2017, a trend initiated since 2015 and continued in 2016, which decreases averaged 10% per year

  • Violence against Public Officers increased by 12% in 2017 to 238 cases

  • Theft from Residences has again increased by 40 cases or 7% as compared to 2016 reaching 592 cases which is also registered for vacant dwellings 34% and theft from residence’s exterior (9%)
Pretended Rights has for the first time been recorded and registered 142 cases

 

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