Crime rate in Cape Verde drops by 18%

Cape Verdean President Jorge Carlos Fonseca at the opening of Correntes d'Escritas

Cape Verdean President Jorge Carlos Fonseca at the opening of Correntes d'Escritas

The President of Cape Verde said he is happy with the data released by the National Police, which show a crime rate decrease for the third year running

President Jorge Carlos Fonseca said today he is happy with the drop in the country's crime rate, and hopes it will be accompanied by a feeling of greater security among Cape Verdeans.

Cape Verde's president spoke to reporters after a visit to the National Police Headquarters and Command Center in Praia.

"We want to be safer so we can have more freedom, and that is the work the police and other authorities have been doing in the country," said Jorge Carlos Fonseca.

Cape Verde's president said he was "relatively happy" with the "considerable" drop in the country's crime rate, "more than 18% at the national level."

Data from the National Police show that crime in Cape Verde has dropped by 18.5% in 2018. This the third year running that crime rates have decreased.

Last year, the National Police registered 18,162 occurrences, an 18.5% decrease (-4,127 occurrences), compared to the previous year.

This decrease was felt in almost all municipalities and islands, especially in Praia (-27.7%), Sal (-34%), Santa Cruz (-27%), São Vicente (-5.9%) and São Filipe, Fogo (-13.2%).

Jorge Carlos Fonseca said he hopes "this positive trend will continue." And he added: "We have to work so that all citizens will feel that the decrease in the number of occurrences translates into a feeling of greater security or less insecurity."

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