According to the newspaper Welt am Sonntag, last year the number of criminal offenses in Germany increased by 11.5% compared to the previous year. The publication refers to the Police Crime Statistics (PKS), which Federal Interior Minister Nancy Feather (SPD) will present in Berlin.
According to the newspaper, around 5.6 million offenses have been committed across the country. The number of cases increased by 3.5% compared to 2019, the last year before the Corona pandemic. At the same time, the disclosure rate was 57.3%.
As can be seen from the report, the number of suspects has also increased compared to 2021 – by 10.7%, to approximately 2.1 million people.
New “trend” among schoolchildren
Against the background of the above publications, the increase in the number of children suspected of delinquency (93,095) is striking – it increased by 35.5%. This is significantly more than in 2019 (72,890). The distribution of files containing child pornography videos and images by school children in newsgroups is mentioned as a new “trend”, writes the newspaper.
Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Herbert Reul (CDU) reportedly demanded that the next conference of interior ministers deal with violence against children and young people. One of the reasons for this is the lack of social competence: “But the Internet itself, with all its questionable sites, videos or game content that glorifies violence, also contributes to this,” said Reul.