Violent crime rising in Portugal

in News · 03-07-2020 01:00:00 · 1 Comments

The 2019 Annual Internal Security Report (RASI), delivered to the Assembly of the Republic, indicates that violent and serious crime increased 3 percent last year compared to 2018, while general crime rose 0.7 percent.

“In 2019, there was a slight increase in general crime and violent and serious crime. General crime registered 2,391 more participations (333,223 to 335,614), which corresponds to an increase of 0.7 percent. Violent and serious crime registered an additional 417 participations (13,981 to 14,398), which corresponds to an increase of 3 percent”, reads the document.

Within the scope of serious and violent crime, there was an increase of 29.8 percent in the participation for the crime of theft in commercial and industrial buildings (326 in 2018 and 423 in 2019) and 23.8 percent for the crime of kidnapping and hostage taking (273 in 2018 and 338 in 2019), and in the crime of theft on public roads, there was also a slight increase of 11.8 percent in holdings (5,296 in 2018 and 5,923 in 2019).

Last year there was an increase of 2 percent in the crime of rape, from 421 cases in 2018 to 431 in 2019, with 14.2 percent also increasing the number of offenses against voluntary physical integrity (579 and 661).

Last year, there were 21 fewer homicides compared to 2018 (-19.1 percent).

The crimes that contributed to the increase in general crime in 2019 were computer and communications fraud, which registered a significant increase of 66.7 percent in relation to the previous year, going from 9,783 participations in 2018 to 16,301 in 2019, domestic violence, which grew 10.6 percent (22,423 and 24,793).

The crimes that fell the most in the past year, theft by pickpockets decreased (-21.1 percent), theft at home with burglary, escalation or false keys (-9.9 percent) and theft by motor vehicle (-8 percent).

Last year, computer crimes increased 42.7 percent, from 924 in 2018 to 1,319 in 2019.

RASI also reveals that the seizure of cocaine rose 75.2 percent in 2019 compared to 2018, indicating that Portugal continues “to be a country of transit, but also of final destination, of several types of narcotic substances to supply the internal illicit circuits”.

While there was a slight decrease compared to 2019 in the seizure of hashish (- 6.1 percent), heroin (- 48.6 percent) and ecstasy (- 82.5 percent) there was a significant increase in cocaine seizure (75.2), according to the document.

Meanwhile, the most violent areas of Portugal have also been revealed.

Bragança, Viseu, Portalegre and Vila Real are the districts where the highest increases in violent and serious crime have been registered, while Faro saw a decrease.

According to the RASI, Bragança recorded a 38.1 percent increase in violent and serious crime, from 42 crimes in 2018 to 58 in 2019, Viseu rose 31.5 percent (127 to 167), Portalegre increased 30.1 percent (83 to 108), while in Vila Real there was an increase of 29.4 percent (102 to 162).

The districts of Lisbon, Porto, Setúbal and Faro account for 75 percent of registered violent and serious crime.

The RASI indicates that in Lisbon there was an increase of 3 percent, going from 5,924 violent and serious crimes in 2018 to 6,101 in 2019, in Porto there was an increase of 3.2 percent (2,185 to 2,256) and Setúbal increased 3 percent (1,506 to 1,551).

Meanwhile the Algarve saw positive results with the district of Faro reporting a decrease of 2.4 percent in violent and serious crime in 2019 compared to 2018 (921 to 899).

RASI also reports that violent and serious crime dropped most in the districts of Évora (-21.3 percent), Azores (-14.8 percent), Leiria (-14.3 percent) and Viana do Castelo (-14 percent).

In the scope of general crime, RASI points out that there were increases in Castelo Branco (20 percent), Portalegre (10.5 percent) Faro (8.3 percent), Aveiro (5.9 percent) and Madeira (5.1 percent).

In the opposite direction, the districts of Bragança registered a decrease of 10.1 percent, Vila Real (-7.6 percent) and Lisbon (-3.6 percent).


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By Anna from Madeira on 04-07-2020 02:35
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