Prague crime rate down 38 per cent since 2013, addicts behind most theft

29-07-2018

The number of reported crimes in Prague has decreased every year since 2013, when police recorded 82,005 crimes. Last year, 50,726 crimes were reported, a drop of 38 per cent from four years earlier.

The most significant drop has been in terms of property theft and violent crime, a police spokesperson told state news agency ČTK. The most reported crimes include pickpocketing, especially in high tourist seasons, and car break-ins.

Estimates suggest that at least one-third of thefts were committed by hard-drug addicts, who need about 1,000 crowns per day to support their habits. There were an estimated 16,200 problem users of pervitin (crystal meth) and opiates in Prague last year.