Crime down 8% in Estonia in first half of 2016

A sign in Tallinn's Old Town warning visitors to be wary of potential robberies. (Siim Lõvi/ERR)
7/12/2016 11:18 AM
Category: News

According to statistics from the Ministry of Justice, crime in Estonia fell eight percent compared to the first half of 2015, while thefts remained the most reported.

While a total of 16,253 crimes were reported across Estonia during the first six months of 2015, the same period this year saw a total of 14,496 crimes reported.

Over the past six months, the most reported crimes included cases of theft, physical abuse, DUI, and fraud.

Compared to the same period in 2015, the number of robberies fell 38 percent, thefts 19 percent, cases of physical abuse eight percent, and traffic crimes three percent, while incidents of fraud increased by 23 percent.

The first half of 2016 saw a total of 20 cases of manslaughter, murder or attempt thereof, which was one less than during the same period a year prior, and half as many as registered over a six-month period just five years ago.

Reported crime fell 26 percent in Tartu County — the highest drop in any one Estonian county — 19 percent in Viljandi County and 14 percent in Harju County compared to the same period last year.

During the same six-month period, however, reported crimes were up 20 percent in Valga County and 14 percent in both Järva and Ida-Viru Counties.

Editor: Aili Sarapik

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