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Danish crime levels 'remarkably low' in 2014

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Danish crime levels 'remarkably low' in 2014
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Crime was down nearly seven percent in 2014 helped largely by significant drops in burglaries and pickpocketing. But the year-end numbers show that other crime areas are increasing.
As The Local recently reported, home break-ins were down sharply in 2014. But the good news doesn’t stop there. 
 
There were 337,062 reported law violations in 2014 according to year-end numbers from the Danish National Police (Rigspolitiet). That marks a 6.7 percent decrease from 2013 and according to a Danish National Police press release, one would have to go “far back in time” to find crime levels as low as they were in 2014. 
 
“We know that the Danish population as a whole feels very safe. The figures show that there is good reason for that, as crime is at a remarkably low level,” National Police Chief Jens Henrik Højbjerg said. 
 
The fall in home break-ins was a key factor in the overall crime decrease, but business burglaries were also down by over 15 percent compared to 2013 levels. 
 
Højbjerg also said that pick-pocketing and cons were also down sharply and that police are also having a greater influence in areas in which residents don’t traditionally report crimes to the police, such as human trafficking. 
 
The 2014 crime figures weren’t all good news, however. Credit card fraud and data theft figures rose last year.
 
“Throughout 2015 we will further beef up our cyber crime centre, NC3, in regards to both competencies and technology. In that way, the Danish National Police will be able to support local police districts in solving the scams that primarily happen online,” Højbjerg said.
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