RTL Today – New police statistics: Crime rate rises as acts of aggression rise

The number of offenses per 100,000 inhabitants has increased in Luxembourg over the past five years, according to a new police report.

Despite this, the number of police cases is down, according to the latest statistics presented at a press conference on Thursday morning.

This is because a folder usually contains a number of incidents. The proportion of crimes solved by the Luxembourg police has remained relatively constant over the years at 53.2%.

Police Minister Henri Kox welcomed the positive statistics, but highlighted concerns about some developments that became evident in the report:

“The number of acts of aggression and violence has increased. I think the violence against police officers has certainly increased in recent years, and there is also a phenomenon of spitting.

This aggression is not limited to in-person acts, Kox added, as an increase in aggression has also been seen on social media, especially in the context of the pandemic.

However, he said politics had already responded, reforming laws surrounding violence against police and adjusting penalties accordingly,

Another increase was noted in the “vehicle theft” category, with the majority being bicycles.