Far-right crime reaches record high in Berlin

The German capital city saw a drastic increase in far-right crime last year with more than 1,942 incidents reported, the highest in ten years. Incidents of incitement, damage to property and public calls to criminal action accounted for most of the crime.

The number of politically-motivated crimes in Berlin, however, declined by ten per cent compared to 2016. A total of 4,239 cases were registered in 2017, Berlin Interior Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) said on Friday in Berlin at the presentation of police crime statistics for 2017.

Above all, the number of politically-motivated violent crimes fell by more than a third (36 per cent) to 482 cases. In total, 520,437 crimes were registered in the capital city last year, 8.5 per cent fewer than in the previous year.

Left-wing crime fell 16 per cent last year to 1,179. The number of left-wing violent crimes fell by 43 per cent to 250 cases. About two-thirds of these occurred in the context of demonstrations. Property damage decreased by 20 per cent to 449 cases, said Geisel.

Sola Jolaoso

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