Number of Reykjavik break-ins falls sharply

The number of break-ins in the Icelandic capital and surrounding areas has fallen by 29 percent since 2009 and is now at a similar level to in 2008.

The biggest reductions this year came in January and September, Visir.is reported.

Since the 1st January, the most significant reduction in the number of burglaries has come from offices and shops, compared to last year. At the same time, break-ins to the city’s houses have gone down by over a quarter — and as many as 34 percent fewer cars have been broken into. The reduction rate differs by neighbourhood.

At the time of the banking crash in autumn 2008, it was widely predicted that the rate of theft in Iceland would skyrocket as economic pressures forced more people over the boundaries of illegality. This indeed happened, and the reduction in thefts is being welcomed by some as a sign of social recovery after the crash. Others point to the success of a raft of concerted efforts by various institutions to prevent burglaries and the uptake of better security equipment. It is also possible that more burglars are simply in prison now than they were last year.