BiH: Crime rates drop in Republika Srpska, according to Lukač

BiH: Crime rates drop in Republika Srpska, according to Lukač

Speaking today from Eastern Sarajevo, Republika Srpska Internal Affairs Minister Dragan Lukač said that crime rates in Srpska fell in the first six months of the year, while the number of migrants increased 70 percent compared to the same period last year.

“The total number of crimes dropped 10.5 percent YoY, whereas the number of solved crimes increased”, said Lukač ,who presided over a session of the extended advisory board of the Republika Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs which reviewed a report on operations of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) and security situation in Srpska in the first half of the year.

Lukač noted that property-related crimes dropped 16.2 percent, particularly stressing that robberies dropped 68 percent.

He added that the number of serious thefts decreased 21.3 percent, thefts 8.1 percent, and vehicle thefts 65.7 percent YoY.

“The number of crimes against life and body dropped 23.7 percent”, Lukač continued.

Noting that crimes relating to drug abuse went up 23.9 percent and the number of misdemeanour charges by 6.3 percent, Lukač highlighted that this resulted from intensive police work.

As for illegal migrants, Lukač explained that police officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the territory of Republika Srpska registered 4,986 migrants in the first six months of the year, a 69.2 percent increase YoY.

He added that they crossed the border illegally and that most of them do not have personal documents, which is why it is hard to determine their identity.

He thanked the former Republika Srpska police director Darko Ćulum, who has been appointed as the new director of the State Investigation and Protection Agency /SIPA/, for his cooperation and work in the Republika Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs.

“I am certain that the Ministry of Internal Affairs will continue the good cooperation with Ćulum at the helm of SIPA, that it will be at a much higher level than in previous years as he is the man who knows how the Republika Srpska Ministry of Internal Affairs and the security in BiH are functioning, and we will certainly contribute to the security of citizens both in Republika Srpska and in BiH”, Lukač said.

Ćulum stated that today’s session was an opportunity to thank everyone with whom he had worked.

“We worked in the interest of all citizens. I will continue to cooperate with Lukač, all police chiefs, and police agencies in BiH”, Ćulum said. /ibna