In 2012 1,021,170 criminal acts were reported to or were recorded by Belgian police. There has been a decrease in the number or acts of violence recorded. These include armed burglaries, domestic violence and grievous bodily harm. Car-related crimes including car and home jackings are down too.
The number of domestic burglaries rose by 7.5% last year. The police say that the economic crisis and the increase in gold prices are getting more people to consider break-ins. However, failed break-ins now make up a larger share of the burglary total. In 2012 33.7% of burglaries were aborted. The figure is up from 32% in 2008. Police say more and more householders are taking security measures to prevent break-ins.
Break-ins in other premises including businesses, shops and public buildings have fallen though.