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Crime rate in Belarus decreases by 6-8% every year

Society 14.11.2017 | 14:30
Igor Shunevich
Igor Shunevich

MINSK, 14 November (BelTA) – The crime rate in Belarus decreases by 6-8% every year. The information was released by Belarusian Interior Minister Igor Shunevich during the first session of the newly convened public advisory board of the Interior Ministry, BelTA has learned.

The crime rate in Belarus has been falling by 6-8% per year for four years in a row. “Confident decriminalization of the society is in progress. I refer primarily to grave crimes and heinous crimes. We register fewer murders, fewer severe bodily injuries, including domestic ones,” said Igor Shunevich. Thanks to efforts to prevent domestic violence lives of 40 people have been saved this year alone.

The Belarusian police register fewer drug-related crimes, cases of disorderly and insulting behavior, and bodily injuries in public places. However, the number of all kinds of fraudulent activities has increased. More corruption crimes are registered these days primarily due to more effective work on the part of the Interior Ministry, the State Security Committee (KGB), and the prosecution service.

The overall situation and public order are completely under control, assured Igor Shunevich. At the same time more attention should be paid to prevention efforts, he said. Igor Shunevich suggested the public advisory board should discuss the effectiveness of the law on the foundation of crime prevention efforts.

The first session of the newly convened public advisory board of the Belarusian Interior Ministry took place at premises of the Interior Ministry Academy on 14 November. The public advisory board was established in March 2013. It is an advisory body, which is invited to participate in discussions about the most important aspects of the work of Belarusian law enforcement agencies. The body is also supposed to facilitate a constructive dialogue between law enforcement officers and members of the general public. Sitting on the advisory board are Belarusian scientists, culture and art workers, heads of major companies and public associations.

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