Crime Statistics 2017: 37,944 Crimes Registered Throughout Georgia

Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) has released the crime statistics from last year, which shows that 37,944 crimes were registered throughout the country, 5.4% more than in 2016.

In comparison to 2016, the crime-report rate decreased in 2017, namely, 53.2% of the 37,944 crimes registered in 2017 were initiated by the police, while the rate was 57.4% in 2016.

According to the MIA, 64.5% of registered crime in the country is related to health, as well as property and also drug offenses.

The following crimes increased last year in the country:

  • Crime involving death ( 11.9 % increase compared to 2016)
  • Crime against health (14.8% increase)
  • Crime against human rights (23.3% increase)
  • Crime against property (8.1% increase)
  • Environmental crime (127.8% increase)
  • Crime against the rule of governance (17.5% increase)
  • Crime hindering the enforcement of court verdicts (20.5%)

A reduction of crime was observed in the following directions:

  • Crime against public security and order (19.5% decrease compared to 2016)
  • Drug crime (8.3% decrease)
  • Traffic crime (16.4% decrease)

The Ministry published last year’s statistics after a 2 year hiatus. The MIA says they will also publish monthly statistics, including March 2018, after which quarterly statistics will be published.

“The MIA is open and transparent in its activities. This is the reality according to the statistical data. We believe that it is possible to overcome the existing challenges only if we face the real picture,” the statement of the ministry reads.

By Thea Morrison

31 January 2018 06:44