The Minister of Internal Affairs, José Luís Carneiro, said today that there was a slight increase in general crime in 2022, compared to 2019, however, serious crime decreased by 7%.
“If we compare the general crime figures [from 2022] with 2019, we see that there is a slight increase of 2,4%. But we see that there is a decrease of more than 7% in serious crime », he revealed.
At the end of the inauguration of the requalification and expansion of the GNR headquarters in Anadia and the signing of the interadministrative contract for the rehabilitation of the Territorial Post of the GNR in Oliveira do Bairro, José Luís Carneiro shared with journalists some of the figures from the Annual Internal Security Report (RASI ) of 2022, which will be made known next week.
«Serious crime reduces more than 7% and, of the crimes that it reduces the most, it is the one that contributes the most to serious crime, which is theft. That is, there are 12% less robbery and theft, compared to 2019», he added.
According to the official, the comparison of the numbers referring to the year 2022 is made with 2019, since 2020 and 2021 were pandemic years.
«The year 2022 was a particularly demanding year, because it was the year of post-pandemic lack of definition, with known effects on public health. It is also the year in which the war begins, which has also brought threats and risks that are felt in the lives of communities », he pointed out.
Despite all the demands arising from the pandemic and the framework of war in Ukraine, José Luís Carneiro showed that these figures demonstrate that «Portuguese society continues to be a peaceful, cohesive and safe society».
«It is also the result, which I would like to emphasize and whom I want to thank, of the very dedicated, selfless work of the security forces, security forces and services, who work every day, 24 hours a day, 24 hours a day, so that we can continue to do of Portugal one of the most peaceful countries in the world», he concluded.