German crime rate lowest since 1992

Scare claims of escalating crime in Germany after recent influxes of refugees are contrary to what has been happening there. But the good news comes with a warning.

Deutsche Welle: Crime rate in Germany lowest since 1992, but Seehofer still issues stern warning

“Germany has become safer,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer proclaimed on Tuesday morning in Berlin, as he presented the latest crime statistics for the first time since taking over the post in the new German government.

The latest figures show that some 5.76 million crimes were reported in 2017, 5 percent fewer than in the previous year and the lowest number since 1992. Taken as a percentage of the population, the crime rate is actually at its lowest in 30 years, Seehofer said.

However, Seehofer’s press briefing still had a somber tone to it. The interior minister acknowledged that the latest trends come at a time of public wariness, fueled largely by an increase in terror attacks in recent years, coupled with the influx of hundreds of thousands of refugees.

The latest figures show that 44 percent of the German population feels less secure today than they did a few years ago.

“There is no reason to sound the all-clear and much remains to be done” Seehofer said, adding that rule of law must protect itself against all forms of extremism and terrorism.

However, Andre Schulz, the head of Germany’s Federation of German Police Officers, described the differentiation between German public sentiment and actual safety as “a paradox,” adding that the two had no bearing on one another.

These numbers support that:

The statistics separately list the number of offences perpetrated by non-German nationals. Here the number of incidents perpetrated by migrants also dropped significantly — by 23 percent from around 950,000 to just over 700,000. However, Seehofer pointed out that this sharp drop was mostly due to fewer instances of illegal migrants arriving and settling in Germany.

Politically motivated crimes fell for the first time in four years and made up just 0.7 percent of all reported criminal incidents.

Attacks on asylum and refugee shelters dropped significantly by 69 percent to just over 300 reported incidents. The number of attacks on immigrants returned to the level recorded before the 2015 migrant crisis and the influx of some 1 million refugees into Germany.

Anti-Semitic attacks are increasing, mainly due to right wing extremists.

Worryingly, however, there was a notable 2.5 percent increase in the number of anti-Semitic attacks, taking the total number in 2017 to 1,504 cases. Seehofer acknowledged a rise in so-called “imported anti-Semitic crimes,” referring to attacks on Jews perpetrated by Muslim migrants.

However, the minister stressed that the vast majority of such incidents, some 94 percent, were perpetrated by right-wing extremists.

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9 Comments

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  May 9, 2018

    I can’t see that it’s all right that the anti-Semitic attacks were by right wing extremists.

    There’s some rather shaky logic in that article anyway.

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  2. Zedd

     /  May 9, 2018

    maybe the fact they have, decrim./regulated cannabis ?

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  3. sorethumb

     /  May 9, 2018

    People hunkering down?

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  4. PDB

     /  May 9, 2018

    Not all good news;

    *Murders increased by 3.2 percent, to 785 cases.
    *Drug offenses rose 9.2 percent, to 330,580 cases.
    *Child pornography cases rose 14.5 percent, to 6,512 cases.

    The last one is a fairly significant rise.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  May 9, 2018

      Yes, I wonder how many children were involved in that. Even if they are only nude photos, which one can only hope feebly that many are, to salivate over a naked small child and gape at its little genitals is something that is beyond the imagination of most of us !

      I saw a postcard in Belgium where porn was sold quite openly. This wasn’t porn – there was no nudity – but I found it repulsive. It was sold in a lot of places. A little blonde boy of under 10, still a little boy, was standing, all dressed up, on the top step of a mansion-type of house. A maid in a sexy maid’s outfit, short frilly skirt, the usual thing, holding a feather duster, was on a lower step so that their faces were level. She was kissing him on the lips in an adult, sexual way that couldn’t be mistaken. It was gross. The child wasn’t taking part in a sex act, but was being sexualised in a totally unacceptable way. To me it was kiddieporn in its own way. I saw many worse things, it was impossible not to, but the taking advantage of a child’s ignorance to amuse ‘adults’ seemed not only gross but mean.

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      • Missy

         /  May 10, 2018

        Taking advantage of a child’s ignorance to amuse adults by sexualising them is not gross and mean, it is abuse, a crime that creates untold victims.

        Whether it is a picture of a fully dressed child being kissed in a wholly inappropriate manner, or a picture of a child naked, or a child being made to commit sexual acts, they are all abuse and all the children are victims.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  May 10, 2018

          Of course, I didn’t mean to suggest that it wasn;t, but it’s a particularly mean form as well as a vile one when it is inside the law, if that makes sense, as it’s not just perverted, it mocks the victim. That little boy was being used in a way that wasn’t breaking the law, Abuse takes many forms, and to me the mockery of someone who’s unaware of it IS mean, the worst form of it. He wasn’t having sex, he wasn’t naked, he was being used to give adults a laugh as well as a thrill. It would be harder to do anyhing about this than it would to do something about actual sex, I would guess. I can only hope that it didn’t harm him too much and that he forgot it.

          If anyone had sent me that, it would have been the end of the friendship. It distressed me that it was sold in so many places. Nothing could be done; the seller would say it was your dirty mind that saw something wrong.

          I maintain that there is a certain meanness that makes people laugh when someone’s taken advantage of, perversion has different shades of meaning. Open porn would be easier to classify than this.

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  5. sorethumb

     /  May 9, 2018

    Violent crime rises in Germany and is attributed to refugees
    Violent crime rose by about 10 percent in 2015 and 2016, a study showed. It attributed more than 90 percent of that to young male refugees.

    It noted, however, that migrants settling from war-torn countries such as Syria were much less likely to commit violent crimes that those from other places who were unlikely to be given asylum.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-migrants-germany-crime/violent-crime-rises-in-germany-and-is-attributed-to-refugees-idUSKBN1ES16J

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