In the years 2007-2010, the recorded crime increased in 12 EU member states, among them Cyprus, according to Eurostat data about the levels of recorded crime across EU member states.

However the latest collection of data indicated a general tendency towards a decrease in the levels of recorded crime. Crimes linked to drug trafficking, robbery and violent crimes decreased between the 3 and 6% between 2007 and 2010. Moreover, the number of motor vehicles thefts has fallen substantially faster over the same period (-23%).

In contrast, domestic burglary is a category with a rising trend in the EU. Compared to 2007, 7% more cases of domestic burglary were reported in 2010.

The data for Cyprus show that in 2009 the cases that were reported to the police were 7,104 while in 2010 they rose to 8,387.

More particularly, the robbery cases that were reported in the whole of the EU has dropped by 5% since 2007. The countries that reported the greatest decreases were Italy, Poland, England and Wales. In Baltic countries these cases recorded a decrease of 29%.

In Cyprus, Denmark and Greece the number of robbery cases has doubled between 2007 and 2010.

As regards motor vehicle thefts, there was an increase of 20% in countries such as Cyprus and Greece, while in Romania the records show an increase of 39%.

Beyond the EU borders, the total number of crimes recorded by the police in Turkey increased by 57% between 2007-2010. The number of crimes linked to drug trafficking in Turkey more than tripled between 2007-2010.

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