Crime in Antwerp drops despite drug violence


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Mayor Bart De Wever (N-VA) gives the crime rate.

In Antwerp is the crime rate in 2018 and again by 3 percent compared to the previous year. That is to say, in the whole legislature, 2012-2018 crime by 30 percent decreased, reported mayor Bart De Wever (N-VA).

“I want some spectacular facts not light, but the general picture is very different’, refers to The Weaver to the escalating violence between rival drug gangs on the territory of the city.

In 2012, there were 61.353 facts, in 2018, there were 43.165 criminal facts. That is 50 per day is less than six years ago. ‘We let since a few years all the other cities behind us, while we in 2012 at the beginning of my mandate still one of the worst students in the class were’, says The Weaver. “This legislative session, we want to continue that trend, with a further extension of the cameranetwerk and support of drones.’

The decrease of the crime is the most spectacular on the field of handtasroven (-73 percent), car thefts (-67 percent), armed robberies (-66 per cent), and burglaries in commercial matters (-50 percent). The number of thefts from vehicles went up by 60 per cent back, but some recent series are that the police have a new awareness campaign will start to take the directors to call no valuables to leave behind and their vehicle to exit, also in a parking garage.

Drug crime are an exception in Antwerp, with an increase of respectively 17 percent and 30 percent for drug possession and drug trafficking. The increased police involvement at that level until more findings led. “We see that the search behavior on the street virtually disappeared, the dealing takes place more behind the walls’, says chief of police Serge Muyters.