Violent crime spike in Finland during corona spring – YLE News



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Statistics compiled by the National Police Board of Finland indicate an increase in the reporting of violent crime in the first five months of 2020.

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Reported incidents of violent crime increased in Finland during the spring, according to official statistics collected by the National Police Board of Finland.

More premeditated homicides and attempted homicides were committed during the first five months of 2020 than in any comparable period over the last ten years.

The police board’s statistics found that a total of 201 murders, homicides or attempted homicides were made during the January-to-May period this year. The previous highest figure for the period of the last 10 years was 2012, when 179 such crimes were brought to the attention of police.

The number of violent crime incidents particularly spiked in March.

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Homicides and attempted homicides in Finland at the beginning of the year 2020 and the 2000–2020 average. A graphic. Source: National Police Board of Finland.



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“In March, the effects of the coronavirus crisis were at their highest,” doctoral researcher Miikka Vuorela from the University of Helsinki told Yle. “People
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