More offenses, fewer accidents
It is a sad fact: the number of crimes in the city of bamberg continues to increase. "Whereas in 2010 we recorded 6146 crimes, last year the figure was already 6524", reported klaus linsner, deputy head of the bamberg city police department, at the presentation of the crime statistics of the bamberg city police department. Accordingly, there was a slight decline in the number of crimes solved, which fell from 65.0 percent in 2010 to 64.6 percent last year. However, it is still above the bavarian state average (64.0 percent).
In detail, the police recorded 30 robberies, 192 dangerous bodily injuries, i.E. Violent acts involving the use of knives, weapons or batons, as well as 576 bodily injuries, which were mostly "only" violent acts the fists flew. "While the number of robberies and dangerous bodily injuries decreased significantly, the number of simple bodily injuries increased compared to the previous year", reported linsner. The deputy head of the bamberg city police department attributed this to increased alcohol consumption, which also increased the propensity to violence. In addition, there were more tourists and, above all, more students in the city who did not know how to behave.
The number of theft offenses also increased last year. There were more car break-ins and more bicycle thefts, especially in the city. "Most of the bicycle thefts were thefts for use. Should heiben: someone looks for a badly secured bike at night, rides it home and just leaves it there again"?, explained bamberg police chief udo skrzypczak. Furthermore, the number of simple and aggravated theft offenses increased to 1799 and. 799.
Drug consumption has also increased slightly. Especially the party and stimulant drug "crystal" produced in the czech republic is currently widespread in the city. In total, the police recorded 30 more drug-related offenses than in the same year in 2010. Only the use of heroin has decreased. Nevertheless, linsner emphasized, there is no pronounced drug scene in the city of bamberg.
The number of right-wing crimes decreased slightly, from 25 to 20. By contrast, the number of crimes committed by left-wing extremists increased by six. "However, both groups did not commit serious crimes, mostly graffiti with forbidden symbols and the like", described the chief of police.
Most of the crimes were committed by adults. In 2011, the police also arrested 316 juveniles and 154 children under the age of 14. 32.4 percent of all suspects were under the influence of alcohol. The proportion of foreign suspects fell from 465 (2010) to 296 (2011). The number of residential burglaries has also decreased. They fell from a total of 59 to 34.
The accident statistics in the city developed more positively. "We recorded a total of 2497 traffic accidents last year. A year earlier, there were only 2663", linsner summed up the situation. However, the number of accidents involving personal injury and serious traffic accidents rose slightly, while the number of so-called minor accidents fell significantly to 1,178. A total of 496 people were slightly injured, 55 seriously, and one cyclist was killed in an accident on the berliner ring. "The main cause of accidents was insufficient following distance, followed by mistakes when turning and reversing, as well as disregarding the right of way", described the deputy chief of police. 45 drivers were drunk and twelve were on drugs.
The number of bicycle accidents also increased – from 133 to 182. In most cases the cyclists were also the cause of the accidents. "We are particularly concerned about the number of senior citizens over the age of 65 in bamberg. They rose from 165 in 2010 to 215 last year", said chief of police udo skrzypczak. Most of the accidents were also the fault of seniors themselves. Slight decrease in the number of hit-and-run accidents and accidents caused by excessive speed.
Bamberg police praise traffic concept for state horticultural show. "Even with the bavarian round trip last weekend, there has been no major traffic chaos so far", stressed skrzypczak. However, he assumes that traffic will increase significantly in the coming weeks. But police as well as transport companies and city administration are well equipped to intervene flexibly and quickly in the event of an incident.