Hungary crime rate creeps up in 2010


Crime in Hungary increased last year, according to figures that the prosecutor general's office made available on its website Tuesday, and the worse statistics came from Somogy County. 

Hungary's three-strike meant to reduce the number of crimes committed by recidivists did not exercise a remarkable effect on the statistics, figures show.

Of the 122,529 criminals registered last year, nearly a third already had a criminal record, and 11% were recidivists.

The number of reported crimes rose 13.5% last year; from 394,034 to 447,186. A total of 133 murders were committed. Crimes against property were up 8%, burglaries and thefts by 17.4%. The financial damage caused by crimes against property increased compared to the previous year, rising from HUF 140 billion from HUF 101.6 billion.

Drug abuse increased 20%, hooliganism jumped 28%, white-collar crime surged 26% and grievous bodily harm offences rose 10.8%.

While the number of known corruption cases dropped to 481  from 963, latency is still huge as corruption cases statistically accounted for only 0.2% of all registered crimes on average during the past two decades.


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