Crime rate fallen for first time in decade.


In Wednesday's Mlada Fronta Dnes, a surprising figure appeared in the newly released year 2000 official statistics: for the first time since 1989's Velvet Revolution, the crime rate dropped from that of the previous year. Since both the number of reported crimes and the number of "solved" crimes has reduced from the figures of 1999, it appears that the percentage of closed cases remains the same as in past years. But does this figure truly indicate success? Over the past weeks this same paper has been analyzing the possible rise in violent crime, especially that of juvenile brutality. Today, Radio Prague's Pavla Navratilova discussed this issue with social commentator Rene Jakl.