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Record Number of Missing Child Notifications

Capital region police received 32 requests for help in finding missing children and young people in March alone.

The police have never before received so many missing young person notifications in one month and, according to Vísir, they have received 53 percent more such requests so far this year than the average of the previous two years.

The data come from the chief of police’s monthly review report.

The report also states that capital area police received 705 notifications of criminal violations in March—which was considerably higher than February’s 588 incidents. According to a police statement, the increase between months is largely explained by there having been more domestic violence cases in March.

Drug and drink driving violations also increased in March, at 122 cases in the capital region—up 46 percent on the twelve-month average, and a huge 34 percent higher than the March average in the past three years.

It’s fair to say that Reykjavík police will be hoping for a more peaceful April—though it remains a safe city by any global standard.

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