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Rapes: drastic increase in the first half of 2017 in bavaria

Rapes: drastic increase in the first half of 2017 in bavaria

A total of 685 cases appear in the police statistics, an increase of 48 percent. Particularly striking: the number of crimes attributed to immigrants rose by as much as 91 percent to 126, interior minister joachim herrmann (CSU) told the cabinet on tuesday. As a result, the total share of immigrants in all sexual offenses was 18 percent (2016: 14 percent).

The reasons for the increase in the total number are initially unclear. "Our police experts are currently working on a detailed analysis", said herrmann. In any case, sexual crimes should be combated in a more targeted manner, also in the asylum shelters. "In addition to an increased police presence, this also includes targeted preventive measures." Herrmann also called for dna samples to be taken in addition to fingerprints when registering refugees.

Apart from rapes, the number of criminal offences has fallen across bavaria. Adjusted for foreign law violations – mainly illegal border crossings by refugees – the statistics show that 282,000 crimes were committed – almost 20,500 fewer than in the same period of the previous year. The number of residential burglaries fell by almost 14 percent and the number of thefts by almost 11 percent.

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