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A Wave of Theft Goes Down

Thefts and burglaries are decreasing compared to last year according to police statistics. A wave of shoplifting and burglaries came after the economic crash last year. Traditionally, most incidents of theft take place in December. 47 were arrested for shoplifting in December 2007 but in the last months of 2008 such cases increased dramatically. 104 shoplifters were arrested in November 2008 and 93 in December. But this November 83 were caught, and 63 this month according to police statistics from December 22, Morgunbladid reported.

When the economy stumbled last year, burglaries multiplied in the capital area and 244 break-ins were reported in November 2008. Comparitively, the number of burglaries between years was similar every month until November when they decreased to 185. The development in December is also a decrease.

The most popular items of theft are electronic equipment, flat screens, portable computers, cameras, ipods and cellphones.

In 2007, 59 cellphone thefts were reported to police. In 2008, 142 such thefts were reported and so far this year, 189. However, in the last two months there were fewer such incidents reported.

Police were called out sixteen times over the holidays where homes, companies and cars had been burgled. This is a dramatic decrease from last year when 48 such cases were reported.

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