By Kyriacos Kyriacou – Nicosia
In 2013, there were 11 assassinations, of which 7 were the result of argument, confrontation or family disputes or jealousy, in Cyprus, according to figures released by the police.
Registered serious crime cases were up to 7,098 compared to 7,973 in 2012, recording a reduction of 11%. It’s worth saying that the reduction of crime is recorded at a time were Cyprus has been facing big financial problems and unemployment.
Cyprus Police Chief Michalis Papageorgiou has said in press conference that in spite of the economic problems and the reduction in police staff and equipment, serious crime and fatal road accidents recorded a significant drop last year.
According to the same data, the number of resolved cases in 2013 was 4,107 or 57.8% compared to 4,291 or 53.8%, recording an increase of 4%.
The number of serious crime cases dropped, however arson increased by 10.9%. He also said that one out of two individuals involved in serious crime cases is of Cypriot origin. In 2013 there were 11 assassinations, of which 7 were the result of argument, confrontation or family disputes or jealousy.
With regard to drug related cases, Papageorgiou said they reached 1,001 in 2013 compared to 1,032 in 2012, recording a decrease of 3%. Moreover, there was a reduction in the number of people involved in drug cases from 1245 in 2012 to 1165 in 2013, recording a decrease of 6.4%. At the same time, he noted, anti-drug squad social workers dealt with more cases in 2013. In particular in 2012 they had 487 meetings with persons related to drug cases while in 2013 they had 610 such meetings.
Papageorgiou said that unfortunately there has been an increase in the number of persons involved in drug cases at aged between 14 and 18 from 117 in 2012 to 140 in 2013. “We are extremely concerned for drug offences marking a 19% hike”.
As regards the number of illegal foreigners, Papageorgiou said that it reached 7,106 in 2013 compared to 7,840 in 2012, recording a decrease of 9.4%.
Fatal road accidents
With regard to fatal road accidents, Papageorgiou said that 41 such accidents were recorded in 2013 compared to 51 in 2012, indicating a reduction of 19.6%. He noted that in 2013 44 people died in road accidents compared to 51 in 2012, marking a 13.7% decrease.