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Crime rate figures for the first three months of the year revealed

Fighting crime. File image.
Fighting crime. File image. / SUR
  • Serious offences including robbery, murder and rape have dropped significantly across Malaga province - but there are notable exceptions in two towns

After falling to an all-time low during 2020, the year of the pandemic, serious crime rates remain, generally, low across Malaga province; just a handful of towns have reported an increase , according to the latest figures from Spain’s Ministry of the Interior.

In the first three months of 2021, the total number of criminal offences reported has continued its downward trend and decreased by 6.8 per cent, from 16,773 last year to 15,637 this year.

The data shows that the number of murder and attempted murder crimes has dropped by 75 per cent, from 12 cases in the first quarter of 2020 to only three this year.

And, while the number of serious sex crimes has remained fairly static (118 cases in the first quarter of the year, compared to 114 in the same period of 2020), the number of rape cases has fallen significantly from 17 between January and March of last year to seven this year.

Cases of theft in Malaga province have dropped by 3.6 per cent, and robberies with force inside homes fell by 33.8 per cent in the first quarter of the year, going from 808 between January and March 2020 to 535 in the same period this year.

In the data made public by the government, there is only a slight increase in drug trafficking offences. These increased by 5.5 per cent in Malaga, going from 254 in the first quarter of 2020 to 268 this year.

Two exceptions

Among the provincial towns on which there is data from the ministry, Nerja has seen the biggest drop in the crime rate (23.5 per cent), followed by Fuengirola (14.9 per cent) and Malaga city (10.9 per cent). Crime rates also fell in Torremolinos (9.9 per cent), Ronda (9.5 per cent), Antequera (8.2 per cent), Marbella (7.6 per cent), Estepona (6.3 per cent), Cártama (6 per cent), Benalmádena (5.5 per cent), Alhaurín el Grande (4.9 per cent) and Mijas (2 per cent).

The crime rate remained much the same in Alhaurín de la Torre (it fell 0.8 per cent) and Vélez-Málaga (0.6 per cent drop), but the towns of Coín (18.8 per cent) and Rincón de la Victoria (35.7 per cent) registered increases with burglaries accounting for the spike in the latter.