Turkish police: Significant drop in crime rate

Turkey's crime rate, on a sharp rise over the last few years, has registered a major drop in the first seven months of 2007 over the same period last year, according to data from the national police department.

Turkish police: Significant drop in crime rate

Turkey's crime rate, on a sharp rise over the last few years, has registered a major drop in the first seven months of 2007 over the same period last year, according to data from the national police department.

The overall crime rate fell by 22 percent from the first months of 2006, with the rate of purse snatchings, which had reached alarming levels, declining by 65 percent in this period. The rate of terrorist crimes fell by 20 percent, with 134 kg of explosives seized from terrorist organizations during the first seven months of the year.

Turkey's Police Chief Oğuz Kağan Köksal announced that the drop in crime had taken place owing to "security units" and "lightning teams" formed to fight petty crime, speaking at a meeting on the results of a new project devised to fight crime. Interior Minister Osman Güneş and Undersecretary Şahabettin Harput also joined the conference.

Köksal also explained that a new system utilized by the police to register crimes committed across the country starting in 2006 had wrongly been interpreted as an increase in the crime rate. He said the crime rate increase in 2006 was 6 percent when compared to the previous year.

He said the theft rate was down by 20 percent, mugging incidents were down by 14 percent, purse snatching was down by 65 percent, pick pocketing incidents were down by 18 percent, the homicide rate was down by 12 percent, and car theft by 25 percent. Köksal also said the police had successfully fought narcotic crimes. According to police data, 5,378 anti-drug operations were organized in the said period, with 12.4 percent more suspects being taken into custody than last year.

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