Lo­cal crime rate dou­bles

Costa Levante News - - FRONT PAGE - By Saman­tha Kett [email protected]­news.es

Break-ins on homes and busi­ness premises in Ontinyent dou­bled in num­ber in the first half of 2018 spark­ing con­cerns among res­i­dents and po­lice.

BREAK-INS on homes and busi­ness premises in Ontinyent dou­bled in num­ber in the first half of 2018 – the most re­cent pe­riod for which data are avail­able – spark­ing con­cerns among res­i­dents and po­lice.

A to­tal of 80 res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties were bur­gled be­tween Jan­uary and June, com­pared with fewer than 40 in the same pe­riod in 2017.

Over­all, 91 premises were bro­ken into – 50 more than in the pre­vi­ous year, rep­re­sent­ing a hike of 122%.

Crime in gen­eral in the Vall d'Al­baida dis­trict cap­i­tal has shot up by 31.6%, with 425 of­fences recorded in the first half of 2018, of which nine in­volved sex­ual ha­rass­ment or as­sault – some­thing no re­ports were re- ceived of at all in 2017.

Mug­gings and in­tim­i­dat­ing be­hav­iour to­wards in­di­vid­u­als in the street also dou­bled dur­ing the months re­ported – with four cases reg­is­tered com­pared with two in the same pe­riod the year be­fore.

They in­clude three counts of brawls or phys­i­cal as­sault.

Three car thefts and 64 cases of petty theft were re­ported, or a hike of 16.1% on the same few months in 2017.

A sense of in­se­cu­rity is par­tic­u­larly strong in the ru­ral out­skirts of Ontinyent, spark­ing a protest by a group of res­i­dents.

They have started a pe­ti­tion call­ing for more po­lice pres­ence, net­ting over 300 sig­na­tures.

Ontinyent town coun­cil has ap­plied to the gov­ern­ment for more re­sources, but is still wait­ing.

Over­all, na­tional crime went up by 1.6% in the first half of last year, but the prov­ince of Va­len­cia saw a be­low-av­er­age rise of 1.1%.

Spain's in­te­rior min­istry only in­cludes towns of at least 30,000 in­hab­i­tants in its twice-yearly crime rate re­port, and even though of­fences have rock­eted in Ontinyent, its over­all num­ber is still among the low­est in the prov­ince.

Alzira (Rib­era Alta) is sta­tis­ti­cally the worst, with 1,103 crimes re­ported be­tween Jan­uary and June 2018, fol­lowed by Manises (L'Horta Oest) at 765, Bur­jas­sot (L'Horta Nord) at 551, and Manises' neigh­bour Mis­lata at 472.

Data for July to De­cem­ber 2018 in­clu­sive have not yet been pub­lished.

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