Number of murders in Hungary lowest in half-century
Fewer than half killed in 2012 as in 1993, national prosecutor general says.
The number of murders dropped to a 50-year low of 113 in 2012, Prosecutor General Péter Polt said in outlining last year's crime figures.
The all-time high of 310 was reached in 1994 but the number of such serious crimes has been steadily declining in the past 15 years, which is important for ordinary people’s sense of safety, he said.
Polt considers the proceedings begun last summer regarding police corruption linked to Buda entrepreneur László Vizoviczky as a considerable achievement.
The number of perpetrators dropped from 112,895 in 2011 to 100,239 in 2012, but the number of reported crimes rose from 451,371 to 472,236, implying that more crimes were committed by fewer people.
Polt noted that the number of uncovered corruption cases has risen, saying this shows that the work of the authorities to uncover crimes and the transparency of the state and the economy have improved.