Crime increased in Spain in the first half of 2022 with more internet fraud

Crime increased in Spain in the first half of 2022 with more internet fraud
Crime increased in Spain in the first half of 2022 with more internet fraud

MADRID – According to the periodic figures Regarding crime in Spain, it increased in the first six months of 2022 compared to the same period in 2019 from 1 million in the pre-Covid year 2019 to 1.2 million this year. With these figures, the crime rate is 46.2 per 1,000 inhabitants in Spain. What is striking is that internet fraud has increased by 68.5% compared to 2019.

In the ‘Balance de Criminalidad’ from January 1 to June 30, 2022, all criminal activities which are registered with the different police units in Spain for analysis by the Ministry of the Interior collected. In this case, it concerns the data of the Guardia Civil, Policía Nacional, the Policía Foral de Navarra, Policia Local, the Catalan Mossos d’Esquadra and the Basque Ertzaintza.

What has been striking in recent years is the enormous increase in internet fraud (estafas informáticas) that rose to 236,451 cases in the first half of 2022, which is more than the 206,706 in 2021, 197,937 in 2020, 140,354 in 2019 and more than doubled than the 88,760 cases in 2018.

Most offenses were registered with theft (hurtos) with 306,269 offenses followed by burglaries of homes, businesses, etc. (robos con fuerza) with 57,837 with 40,797 offenses in homes alone. The number of thefts involving violence and intimidation (robos con violencia or intimidación) has risen to 30,439 offences.

With regard to car theft (sustracción de vehículos), 14,852 offenses were registered followed by several serious and minor offenses involving injuries (delitos graves y menos graves de lesiones) with 12,359 offenses and 9,421 drug-related offenses (tráfico de drogas).

With regard to crimes against liberty and sexual reparation (delitos contra la libertad e indemnidad sexual), the authorities registered 8,178 offenses with a total of 1,211 registered rapes (aggression sexual con penetracion). There were 158 murders (homicidios consumados), 545 attempted murders or manslaughter (tentativa de homicidio y asesinato) and 39 kidnappings (secuestros) in the first trimester.

The article is in Dutch

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