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Break-Ins Increasing in Iceland

Capital Region Police received reports of 202 cases of breaking-and-entering in their jurisdiction in July this year, an increase from 161 cases compared to the same month last year.

“There was a constant decrease until the upswing in July [2008],” chief constable Geir Jón Thórisson told Morgunbladid.

The number of break-ins in one month has not been higher since January 2007, when 247 such cases were reported to police.

The number of thefts is also on the rise; in July 2007, 351 such cases were reported to the Capital Region Police, but in July this year, compared to the same month last year, cases of theft had increased to 464.

“The city center scores highest in all of these numbers,” Thórisson said in response to which parts of the capital region are most often hit by thefts and breaking-and-entering.

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