Latest data shows Albania's fight against crime and corruption is getting results

Latest data shows Albania's fight against crime and corruption is getting results
By bne IntelliNews July 22, 2017

The number of criminal offences committed in Albania decreased by 6.1% y/y to 8,393 in the second quarter of 2017, the statistics institute said on July 21.

The criminal level decreased due to efforts made by the state police in the fight against crime and corruption. The government is trying to tackle corruption and organised crime as it aims to start EU accession talks; these were the concerns voiced by some member states when Albania was given candidate status in 2014. 

Most of the penal offences were related to the crime against state authorities, comprising 39.6% of the total crimes, data showed.

However this type of crime offences fell by an annual 9.5% to 3,321 in Q1 207. Most of them were related to offences against public order and security.

Crimes against property and other crime in the economic sphere contributed with 38.2% with 3,205 offences, which was a decrease of 2.7% y/y. Most of them were thefts.

Crimes against people accounted for 20.1% of the total or 1,688 crimes, falling by 8.3% y/y.

A total of 8,855 criminal perpetrators were recorded in Q2, which is 8.3% less compared to the the same period last year.

Five terrorist acts were recorded in Q2 2017, with seven perpetrators, compared to none in the same period of 2016. 40 election-related offences were reported in Q2 2017, a period that comprised the June general election, compared to none in Q2 2016. Criminal acts committed by an armed gang or criminal organisation increased from just three in Q2 2016 to eight a year later. Threats related to blood feuds or revenge rose slightly from three to four. On a more positive note, 

During the second quarter of 2017, 8,855 security measures were taken against perpetrators, down by 8.3% y/y.