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Increase in crime in Bizkaia during the first quarter of 2024

Maria Jose Gonzalez

May 18, 2024 | 1:00 p.m.

Crime in Bizkaia experienced an increase of 0,3% during the first quarter of 2024 compared to the same period of the previous year. According to the quarterly crime report published by the Ministry of the Interior, a total of 14.896 crimes were recorded in the territory.

Increase in sexual assaults and crimes against sexual freedom

One of the most worrying data is the increase in sexual assaults with penetration, which rose 15,6% compared to the previous year, accounting for a total of 37 cases. In addition, crimes against sexual freedom increased by 23%, reflecting a significant increase in this category of crimes.

Rise of cybercrime and computer scams

Another highlight of the report is the rise in cybercrime, which includes crimes such as fraud and online identity theft. In Bizkaia, crimes related to cybercrime rose by 14,4%, while computer scams grew by 17,4%. This increase highlights the need to reinforce security measures and raise awareness about risks in the digital field.

Reduction of burglaries and thefts

In contrast to the increase in the aforementioned crimes, a significant reduction was observed in robberies with force in homes and establishments, which decreased by 24,3%. Thefts also registered a drop of 6,8%. This decrease can be attributed to improvements in security measures and policing in residential and commercial areas.

Comparative data from Bizkaia and other territories

Compared to other territories in Euskadi, Bizkaia presents a mixed panorama. For example, in Álava, crimes increased by 8,2% with a 71,4% increase in rapes. In Gipuzkoa, crimes grew by 1,6%, with a 73,3% increase in rapes. Despite the increase in certain types of crimes in Bizkaia, the general increase is smaller compared to Álava and Gipuzkoa.

Impact on the Basque capitals

As for the Basque capitals, Bilbao registered a 1,7% decrease in crime, with a total of 6.123 crimes. This reduction contrasts with the increases observed in Vitoria (Gasteiz) and San Sebastián (Donostia), where crimes increased by 12% and 9,5% respectively.

Measures to take

The quarterly crime report highlights the need to implement additional measures to address the increase in certain types of crime in Bizkaia. The increase in sexual assaults and cybercrime are areas that require urgent attention. Furthermore, although a reduction in robberies and thefts has been achieved, it is crucial to maintain and strengthen prevention and security strategies.

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