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Crime and safety

An overview


In 2015 there was an overall decrease in crimes compared to the previous year. Attempted andcommitted homicides decreased in absolute terms, as well as many of the most common types of theft, such as mugging and domestic burglary. Thefts reported by the Police to the judicial authority reduced even more sharply.

In 2016, the perception of crime risk remained one of the main problems felt by citizens: the share of households declaring a perception of crime risk in their area, however, showed a slight decrease over the previous year. In 2015, 30.1 percent of homicide victims were women. In contrast to men, most of the women killed knew their killers: in half of the cases a partner or a former partner, and in 25.5 percent of the cases another relative.


In 2014, criminal proceedings were initiated against 1,017.5 persons per 100,000 inhabitants. The most frequent serious crimes reported for which criminal proceedings were initiated against people aged 18 and over were theft and culpable injuries. From 2006 to 2014 the number of charges for illegal immigration reduced from 70.0 to 14.3 per 100,000 inhabitants, as well as those for receiving stolen property (from 68.3 to 45.1 per 100,000 inhabitants).  The number of charges for stalking, on the contrary, continued to grow: from 1.7 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2009 to 10.6 in 2014.

 

Prison population decreased over the previous year both in absolute and in relative terms. Prison overcrowding was in slight decline, althouth its levels remained quite high.