Bonn · In Bonn and parts of the region there were 35264 criminal offences, the lowest number since 1996. This is partly due to the low numbers of street crime. Investigators are concerned about the increasing number of sexual crimes and fake police officers who target senior citizens.
The trend is continuing: For some years now, crime figures have been falling in Bonn, Königswinter, Bad Honnef and the Rhein-Sieg district on the left bank of the Rhine. Police Chief Ursula Brohl-Sowa and the new head of the Criminal Investigation Department, Achim Spröde, also had positive news to report. In 2019, the Bonn police recorded 35,264 criminal offences - 1889 fewer cases than in 2018.
What the police unions say
Dirk Lennertz, head of the Bonn Police Union (GdP), said that the decline in criminal offences was welcomed, but that the statistics had to be viewed in a differentiated way. An increase in the numbers in the area of child pornography, a higher investigation effort and the increased demands required "more personnel per offence", said Lennertz. In addition, the emotional and psychological burden is enormous, investigators are worried that they might overlook an active abuse case due to the almost unmanageable flood of data. A distorted picture is also shown in fraud. For the cases without a crime scene in Germany are not recorded, but both patrol service and the criminal investigation department are still involved. They would investigate on the spot and look after the victims. "This clearly puts the decrease of 1889 cases into perspective," says Lennertz. The colleagues in the commissioner's offices concerned are "literally drowning". Lennertz's demand: the burden not recorded in the statistics must in future be taken into account in staffing requirements.
Hermann-Josef Borjans of the Association of German Criminal Investigators praised the commitment of the criminologists. Beyond that, however, there are critical tones. "Two areas that are of concern are not mentioned", said Borjans, referring on the one hand to fraud on the Internet, especially to the detriment of older people. In this area, he said, the number of crimes has risen massively. The clarification is difficult, he said, due to "a lack of investigative approaches and insufficient legislation". On the other hand, drug-related crime should be mentioned. Especially the trade of crystal meth across the borders of the Benelux countries revealed "a big black hole" in this area.
(Original text: Ayla Jacob; Translation: Mareike Graepel)