- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 2, 2019

BERLIN (AP) - German government statistics show crime dropped in the country last year, including violent offenses.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said as he presented an annual crime report on Tuesday that “every crime is one too many, but objectively, this is the lowest level in decades.”

Police agencies recorded more than 5.6 million cases in 2018, 3.6% fewer than in 2017. They included 185,377 violent crimes, a 1.9% decrease from the year before.

Despite the overall decline, the number of drug offenses recorded increased by 6.1% and there were 13.6% more crimes involving dissemination of illegal pornography. Seehofer said internet communication made both easier.

The overall case clearance rate of 57.7% was slightly higher than in 2017, when it was 57.1%. The clearance rate for solved murder and manslaughter cases was 96.1%.

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