Budapest 2015 crime rate down 19.4 pc
Budapest, March 23 (MTI) – Budapest’s police force (BRFK) registered a total of 72,709 crimes in 2015, down by 19.4 percent from the previous year, the force’s latest crime report revealed.
Analysis of the crimes registered in the capital over the last six years indicates that the crime rate peaked in 2012 and has been declining since 2013, the report published on Wednesday said.
Police registered a total of 16,978 crimes committed in public areas, down by 20.1 percent from 2014.
The BRFK handled 33 homicide cases in 2015 compared with the 45 recorded the previous year. The police force registered 10 attempted murders last year, down from the 16 registered in 2014.
Crimes of assault increased by 4.7 percent to 2,117 while crimes of aggravated assault rose by 2 percent to 1,292 cases.
Car break-ins and car thefts were down by 31 percent and 34.7 percent, respectively.
Police registered 5,064 cases of burglary, down by 25.2 percent from 2014, while the number of robberies was down by 25.7 percent.
The number of drug-related crimes committed in the capital increased from 83 in 2014 to 119 cases in 2015.
The report said the BRFK dealt with “significantly more” cases of people smuggling last year than in preceding years, with a total of 55 such crimes registered. Police registered between 2 to 30 human smuggling cases annually between 2010 and 2014, the report added.
The number of fatal traffic accidents was down by 4 percent, the report revealed.
The report is set to go before the Budapest assembly for approval next week.