Fewer thefts and drug offenses registered in Norway last year

Photo: Trond Reidar Teigen / NTB

Last year, the police and the prosecuting authority registered a total of 278,800 offenses, which is just over 7% less than the year before.

The decline is clearly greatest for drug offenses, which have fallen by a third. 

The fall in the number of reported offenses intensified in April after the Attorney General sent out guidelines for the police’s use of coercive measures, especially related to the use and possession of small quantities of drugs.

In the first three months of the year, a monthly average of just under 1,000 violations of the drug provisions in the Medicines Act were registered. After that, the average almost halved to just over 500 such offenses per month for the rest of the year, according to figures from Statistics Norway (SSB).

Property thefts have fallen by just under 9% from the previous year, which is largely related to 3,000 fewer reported bicycle thefts.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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