As far as robberies and thefts are concerned, Budapest takes the cake: out of the total number per 100,000 people in the case of both crimes, the greatest number of cases was registered in the capital. In addition, the Eastern part of Hungary is also listed among the most crime-ridden areas.
According to the police crime map, Budapest had the most robberies per 100,000 inhabitants in 2020 with 31 cases, followed by Borsod County with 19 cases and Heves County with 15 robberies per 100,000 inhabitants. The map also reveals that robberies are less common in the central part of the country, including Pest and Fejér counties, where only 5 cases were registered per 100,000 inhabitants. In addition, the ratio was still 5 in Zala, while in Vas, Békés, and Hajdú-Bihar counties, there were only six such crimes per 100,000 people.
Budapest is also top-ranked in terms of thefts;
last year, 322 cases were registered per 100,000 inhabitants in the Hungarian capital, followed by Borsod County with 203 registered cases. In other counties, the ratio remained below 200, but in Győr-Moson-Sopron, Heves, and Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok counties, the number was still over 170.
On the list of crime-ridden areas, Veszprém County has occupied the best place with the lowest number of thefts (73) per 100,000 people, besides Hajdú-Bihar (84) and Zala (90) counties.
According to the data of the National Police Headquarters, an arrest warrant was in force against 13,222 people on 13 January 2021, with a distinction made between dangerous and armed criminals. 10% of the wanted criminals are women, who are mostly sought for crimes against property rather than violence.
As Hungarian news portal Pénzcentrum reports, several arrest warrants may be in force against a criminal suspect. The absolute record-holder is a man from Somogyzsitfa who managed to accumulate 31 arrest warrants in 2016. The last record-holder was a swindler from Budapest with eleven arrest warrants against him, who was captured a few weeks ago in Buda.
The current list, which can be accessed by any detective, is constantly updated in the police’s electronic database. Larger police units, county, district capitals, and the National Bureau of Investigation of the Standby Police have special teams focused on catching perpetrators in severe cases.
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