Oslo crime rate tumbles

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The number of crimes reported to police in Oslo fell 13.6 percent last year, reports news bureau NTB. Robberies were at their lowest level for 25 years.

The new statistics for 2014 show a decline in nearly all types of crime. The Oslo Police District released figures showing a total of 74,613 reported cases of crime last year, 9,165 fewer than in 2013.

The number of non-violent crimes based on personal gain was down 19.1 percent, while reports of robbery and extortion dove 42.3 percent.

Oslo Police Chief Hans Sverre Sjøvold linked at least part of the decline in reported crimes to law enforcement’s efforts to help fight robberies. Others, however, say there may be many crimes going unreported.

newsinenglish.no staff