It is obviously of no comfort to anyone who has been the victim of a crime to learn that the crime rate in Spain dropped by 3.7 per cent in 2009 compared to 2008, reaching its lowest level in a decade.
The crime rate in 2009 was slightly lower than in 2000 and a massive 6.3 points below the historic high of 52.1 per 1,000 registered in 2002.
The interior minister, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba says "All indicators were down," and added that "Spain is one of the safest countries in Europe, with a crime rate 23.3 points below the European average. The 2009 figures include criminal traffic offences, which came into effect in 2007. "If we hadn't begun to include these, the crime rate would have been lower," said the minister.