Police cheered as crime rate appears to fall

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Norway’s state director of police, Odd Reidar Humlegård, was encouraged after reporting vastly improved crime statistics for last year.

“The number of violations of the law per 1,000 residents shows a decline,” Humlegård reported after receiving the latest numbers for 2015. “This is extremely good news.”

The annual overview from the police reflects only crimes reported to the police. The number of actual crimes may be higher, if crime victims haven’t reported them, but the numbers Humlegård did have were encouraging. There were fewer reported crimes in all categories, including theft and burglaries, and assaults.

“What worries us are the unreported crimes, like child abuse, for example,” he told reporters, but overall he and his staff were pleased by the lower crime rate for 2015.

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