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Vast Drop in Break-ins in Iceland’s Capital

Break-ins in the capital region have decreased by 30 percent between the years 2009 and 2010. Superintendent Ómar Smári Ármannsson said the number of break-ins has been decreasing in the past two years after a sharp upturn in 2007 and 2008.


From Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Rannveig Thórisdóttir, manager of the Capital Region Police’s information and planning division, told that although the number of break-ins has increased this autumn, they didn’t come close to past trends.

“We believe that this is the consequence of more strategic work methods. We have increased supervision of active criminals and have also placed more emphasis on warning people,” Thórisdóttir stated.

She added that from January to August 2010 the number of reported break-ins were 30 percent fewer than in the first eight months of 2009. Between 70 and 80 percent of all break-ins are reported.

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