It is also thanks to the work of the National Crime Prevention Council (NBT) that Hungary has become one of the safest countries in Europe, said the Parliamentary State Secretary of the Ministry of Interior on Wednesday in Budapest, at the jubilee meeting of the ten-year-old organization.
Bence Rétvári said that in addition to the activities of the NBT, the strengthening of the legal system and the police, as well as the high level of employment had also contributed to the fact that the number of known crimes had fallen by a third in a decade.
While a decade ago there were 447,000 crimes in a year, last year there were only 154,000,”
Rétvári referred to a French poll showing that only 4 percent of people in Hungary said they did not feel safe. Meanwhile, 15 percent of people in Germany, 20 percent in Belgium, 24 percent in France, and 58 percent in Sweden said they did not feel safe.
In France, six out of 10 people in migrant neighborhoods fear becoming a victim of crime and 83 percent of people living in such places would like a more active police presence. At the same time, in Germany, the number of knife attacks in trains and railway stations has risen from 166 to 336 in a year,” he said.
The politician also pointed out that crime prevention work is also taking place at national borders, as migration is bringing with it organized crime. This means that by protecting the borders, we are also protecting Hungarian people from becoming victims of crime, Rétvári stressed.
According to European crime statistics, Switzerland, Iceland, and Slovenia figure at the top of the safety list, while Belarus, France, and Sweden are rock bottom, overtaken even by countries such as Ukraine and Albania.
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