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Number of heinous crimes on decline in Moscow

March 28, 2012, 15:58 UTC+3

Kolokoltsev noted that “this is not ambiguous statistical reports, but the real improvement of the criminal situation in Moscow”

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MOSCOW, March 28 (Itar-Tass) —— The number of heinous crimes is on decline in Moscow, head of the main Interior Ministry department in Moscow Vladimir Kolokoltsev said at a meeting of the Moscow City Duma on Wednesday.

“Some 173,000 crimes were reported in 2011 that is 6.6% less than in 2010. In general, a downward tendency in the number of grave and heinous crimes is reported (10.4% down),” he said. In particular, the number of murders went down 15.6%, armed attacks – 13.6% down and thefts – 16% down.

The number of burglaries decreased by 21.6% in Moscow, the head of the Moscow police department noted.

Kolokoltsev noted that “this is not ambiguous statistical reports, but the real improvement of the criminal situation in Moscow.”

“This is particularly graphical with due account of a tougher reporting discipline. The result of our work is the direct consequence of efficient cooperation between the police and the city authorities and the implementation of relevant targeted city programs,” Kolokoltsev underlined.

He also noted that thanks to the system of control over mobile police forces more than 1,300 crimes were solved hot on the traces that are thrice higher than in 2010. “All police patrol cars are being equipped with the onboard GLONASS navigation systems,” Kolokoltsev said, noting that the number of police patrol cars, which are equipped with this system, tripled.

Under the safe city program the police together with the public succeeded to bring down the adolescent delinquency rate by ten percent against 2010.

Some 1,323 crimes related with drug trafficking were curbed as a result of practical measures.

Kolokoltsev also emphasized that in the previous year the police solved 2,378 crimes committed in the past few years that is 40% higher than in 2009. “Analysing the results of work I would like to note that we gave up the chase for ‘gross’ results. Some 50% of these solved crimes are considered grave and heinous,” Kolokoltsev said.

He added that this way “we put into practice one of the most important principles of our work – the principle of unavoidability of responsibility for the crime.”

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