National Statistical Institute Announced Number of Crimes, Accused Persons and Persons Convicted in 2016

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Bulgaria: National Statistical Institute Announced Number of Crimes, Accused Persons and Persons Convicted in 2016

The trials of 33 858 committed crimes were concluded in 2016, according to the National Statistical Institute (NSI).

Proceedings of 11 714 crimes were ended with effective sentences, of 16 405 crimes - with conditional sentences, of 811 crimes - with acquittal sentences, of 71 crimes - with suspension and of 4 857 crimes - with release of penalty.

 Proceedings of 28 119 committed crimes were ended with penalties (effective and conditionally). That was by 6.4% more in comparison with 2015.

The number of persons convicted with penalties came into force was 28 201 in 2016. Compared to 2015 the number of persons convicted increased by 1.8%.

The group of convicted persons aged 14 - 17 years presents 3.9% (1 108 persons) of the total number of convicted persons. In 2016 the rate of criminal activity1 was 457 per 100 000 persons of average annual criminally responsible2 population (age of 14 and over) and it was more compared to 2015 by 2.7%.

Highest was the rate of criminal activity of age group from 18 to 24 years (1 250 convicted persons per 100 000 persons of the population of the same age group). In growing age groups that coefficient become smaller as the lowest was the rate of criminal activity of persons aged over 50 - 133 persons per 100 000.

The rate of criminal activity of juvenile persons (14 - 17 years) was 436 per 100 000 persons of the respective population as the highest was rate of criminal activity of the persons aged 17 years - 670 persons per 100 000 persons of the total population of that age group.

The crimes of general danger (such committed in a way presenting a general danger or by means of general danger at the transport and communication, directed against public health or environment, related to the usage of nuclear energy for peace purposes, and other crimes of general danger) hold the first place as a number and relative share in the total of punished criminality in 2016.

In 2016, 12 201 crimes of this kind have been punished, that presents 43.4% of the total crimes ended with penalties. The number of persons convicted for commitment of that type of crimes was 11 737 or 41.5% of the total number of convicted persons. In comparison with 2015 an increase was observed by 16.3% of crimes and persons convicted for that type of crimes. • Among the generally dangerous crimes the highest were number and relative share of punished crimes against the transport and communications 9 473. That presents 77.6% of the total number of generally dangerous crimes.

The crimes against the property (theft and robbery of property, misappropriation, fraud, extortion, receiving stolen goods, destroying and damaging of property) hold second place in the structure of punished criminality. The number of punished crimes against the property in 2016 was 6 345 or 22.6% of the total number of crimes with penalty inflicted and 2.7% more than 2015. Persons convicted for that type of crimes were 7 431 that presents 26.3% of the total number of convicted persons in 2016.

Crimes against the activity of state bodies, public organizations and persons performing public duties 2 401 crimes against the activity of state bodies, public organizations and persons performing public duties (crimes against the order governing, crimes at work, crimes against the justice and bribery) were ended with penalties in 2016. That presents 8.5% of the total number of punished crimes. 2 689 persons were convicted for that type of crimes, or 9.5% of the total number of convicted persons.

In 2016 1 770 (6.3%) crimes against the person (homicides, bodily harm, kidnapping and illegal constraint, compulsion, insult and libel, depravity and traffic of people) were ended with penalty as 1 464 persons (5.2%) were convicted.

 Among the crimes against the person highest was the number and relative share of bodily harms. The number of crimes ended with penalties inflicted for commitment of that type of crimes was 766. For that type of crimes 739 persons were convicted (50.5% of the total number of convicted persons for crimes against the person.

The number of convicted females was 2 523. The highest number and relative share were females aged 30 - 39 years - 27.6% of the total number of convicted females. The coefficient of criminal activity of convicted males was 865 per 100 000 persons of respective population as well as for females it was 79 per 100 000 persons.

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