Thursday, January 17, 2008

Finnish Crime Reports Up

Preliminary figures show a 7% rise in reports of crimes filed with the police in Finland. Statistics show an increase especially in assaults and cases of driving while intoxicated. Regionally, reported crimes shot up most in the eastern area of South Savo (16%), and in the south-western area of Varsinais-Suomi (15%). The number of assaults reported to police last year stood at 34,000, an increase of 11% over 2006 figures. Cases of aggravated assault, 2,400 of them, were up by 16%. During this decade the annual average number of assaults has been around 30,000 and aggravated assaults approximately 2,200.

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