Crime Down 3 Percent in a Year, 31 Percent in the Past Decade ({{commentsTotal}})

According to statistics released by the Ministry of Justice today, reported crime numbers have declined by 31 percent over 10 years to less than 40,000 last year.

That figure was 57,417 in 2003 and 39,631 last year, the ministry said today.

Tallinn and Ida-Viru County continue to lead in crime-to-population ratio.

Compared to 2012, fewer thefts were reported last year, but assault numbers increased slightly.

The murder rate has been in constant decline, with 50 murders recorded last year according to initial estimates - seven fewer than the previous year and 97 fewer than in 2003.