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Ministry of Finance, Statistical Service

New Publication: Criminal Statistics, 2008

The Statistical Service announces that it has published the Annual Report “Criminal Statistics” for the year 2008. The Report presents data on crime, based on information provided by the Police, the Courts and the Prison. It also presents comparative data for the period 1976-2008.

The most salient developments during 2008 can be summarized as follows:

The number of serious offences reported to the Police (true cases) in 2008 was 7.341 compared to 7.556 in 2007. The offences against property constitute the largest group of offences, accounting for 59,3% of serious offences, followed by offences relating to forgery, coining and criminal impersonation with 12,7%. The number of cases concerning drug offences decreased by 11,0% compared to the previous year. The number of cases recorded in 2008 was 780 compared to 876 in 2007.

The number of adult offenders convicted of serious offences was 1.607, compared to 1.903 the year before. Their median age was 26,0 years for males and 30,0 for females. The women represented only 8,5% of adult convicted offenders, while the convictions of foreigners constituted 39,3% of the total convictions for serious offences (38,1% of males and 52,2% of females).

The number of juvenile offenders who are involved in the commission of both serious and minor offences reached 341 in 2008 (of which 17 were girls) compared to 257 in 2007.

According to the Judicial Statistics, 103.829 persons appeared before the courts in 2008, compared to 107.269 in 2007. Of these, 63.775 were convicted, compared to 66.962 the year before.

Regarding Prison Statistics, there were 1.255 admissions of convicted persons (1.164 males and 91 females) in 2008, compared to 1.281 in 2007. In addition to the convicted prisoners, 1.117 accused persons (pending trial) were admitted into prison.

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