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Metropolitan Police: Fewer crimes reported in Reykjavík June

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  • Fewer crimes Despite one murder having been committed in Reykjavík in June, the total number of crimes saw a significant drop, compared to the previous 12 months. Photo/365.

Reykjavík continues to live up to its reputation as one of the safest cities in the world, the latest crime statistics from the Metropolitan Police reveal. June saw a significant drop in the number of reported crimes, compared to the twelve month average. A total of 636 crimes of various types (excluding traffic violations) were reported in the capital region in June, a drop from 755 in May.

One murder was committed in Reykjavík in June. On June 7 a man in his late 30s was murdered in an attack which is believed to have been motivated by clashes between figures in the Reykjavík criminal underworld.

Read more: Iceland's second murder this year: Police arrests 6 people for Reykjavík underworld murder 

11% drop in crime
The crime statistics show a 11% decrease compared to the 6 month average, and a 9% drop compared tot he six month average. On average the Metropolitan police recorded 714 crimes each month in the past year. Violent assaults show an even larger drop (20%), as the average number of assaults has been 102 in the past 12 months.

Nearly all subcategories of crimes saw a drop in June. A total of 304 thefts were reported, 59 burglaries, 83 violent assaults, 112 instances of vandalism, 13 auto thefts and 20 sexual assaults. 

Uptick in drug-related crimes 
The only categories of crimes which saw an increase in June were drug related crimes. June saw 168 drug-related crimes, including possession and distribution, an uptick of 4 cases, compared to May, and a significant increase compared to the 12 month average. Drug-related offenses have shown a steady increase since earlier this year. The June figure is 40% above the 12 month average. 

It should be noted, however, that the number of drug related crimes in 2016 and 2015 had seen a significant decrease over previous years. The June numbers, although high compared to the previous 12 months, is still below the average figures in 2014.

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