Crime rate in Germany at lowest level in 30 years, but antisemitism is on the rise

The new government figures show that 5.76 million crimes were reported in 2017. As a percentage of the population, crime is now at its lowest level for 30 years.

“Germany has become safer,” Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Tuesday, as the figures were released, but he warned “much remains to be done,” as 44 per cent of Germans said they felt less secure in Germany than they did a few years ago.

The statistics also listed the number of crimes by non-German nationals, which have also significantly declined, falling by 23 per cent since last year, from 950,000 to just over 700,000.

Last month it was reported that the number of migrants in Germany had reached a record high, with 10.6 million people with foreign citizenship living there.

Mr Seehofer acknowledged the trend for increased public wariness in Germany, which has also seen a rise in terrorist incidents.

“There is no reason to sound the all-clear and much remains to be done,” he said, adding that the rule of law must be upheld and Germany protected against all forms of extremism and terrorism.

According to Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, Andre Schulz, the head of the Federation of German Police Officers, described the differentiation between German public sentiment and actual safety as “a paradox,” adding that the two had no bearing on one another.

However, within this category, the number of incidents motivated by right-wing ideology fell by 12.9 per cent while those connected to the left rose by 3.9 per cent.

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