Cyprus saw an overall decrease in serious crime during the first seven months of 2013, according to a police report released yesterday.
Statistics from January 1 to July 31, 2013 show that 4,259 serious crimes were reported marking a 7.9% decrease on the 4,623 recorded for the same period last year.
According to the stats, in the first seven months of the year, six murders were committed of which four have been solved.
For the same period last year 11 murders were committed of which just six have been solved.
So far this year, five attempted murders were investigated and all were solved. During the same period last year seven murder attempts were committed of which five have been solved.
In addition, 10 rapes were reported this year of which eight were solved compared to 11 rapes for the same period last year of which 10 were solved.
Regarding arson attacks, 136 were reported so far in 2013 with 19 having been solved compared to 124 attacks in 2012 of which 13 were solved.
With regards to robberies and blackmails, 101 cases were reported during the first seven months of the year of which 59 have been solved. Last year 107 cases were reported and 50 were solved.
Until the end of July this year, 620 drug related cases were reported of which investigators have solved 604. For the same period last year 644 drug cases were reported of which 619 have been solved.
Additionally, 1579 break-ins were recorded this year with 553 having been solved compared to 1791 and 573 for the respective period last year.
According to the police, the other positive piece of news to emerge from the report is the rate of solved crimes which increased by 4.9% this year with 2471 solved cases compared to 2457 cases for same period in 2012.
The report also revealed that 55% of those found guilty of serious crimes in 2012 were Greek Cypriots and the remainder foreign nationals.
Commenting on the statistics, police spokesman Andreas Angelides said the 2013 crime data was a sign that police efforts to increase co-operation with the public had been effective and that the force was determined to keep up the positive momentum.
“Security matters do not just concern the police and this is something citizens are beginning to understand,” said Angelides.
“The authorities have received a great deal of information from the public this year that has helped with the investigation of crimes such as the recent arson attacks.”
The spokesman noted that police would be continuing efforts to deter crime such as increased high-visibility police patrols and an increase in arrests.
He also praised neighbourhood watch schemes which currently operate in 20 municipalities around the island that are considered to have played a part in the reduction of serious crimes.
“It is vital that the public has faith in the authorities so that a channel of trust can operate between the two sides for the benefit of society.”