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Increase interventions by police for possession of drugs and weapons

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Increase interventions by police for possession of drugs and weapons

The statistics of Municipal Police of Madrid in se two types of crime almost doubled in 2017

actions related to citizen security increased by 25% and worse in 19 of 21 districts

Fall 25.6% burglaries in homes and increased two-tenths of crime in Community of Madrid

The Municipal Police of Madrid has made in first six months of 2017 nearly double of interventions for drug possession and weapons than in same period of last year. In case of drugs, with more than 4,800, increase has been 83%. In addition, shares for consumption of narcotic drugs have also gone up by almost 50%. The largest increase has been in due possession of weapons, 94% more than in 2016.

The figures are extracted from statistics produced by police and are available on portal open data of City of Madrid. In total, between January and June of 2017 Police have carried out more than 15.700 interventions related to citizen security, which is category in which y are framed, se three types of crime, along with those committed against people and heritage. It is 25% more than last year at this same time, when re were something more than 12,500 performances.

in Addition, this worsening of situation is widespread and has affected 19 of 21 districts of capital: everyone except Usera and Arganzuela. Downtown remains by far district's most troubled, with a rate of 25 interventions per 1,000 inhabitants. The figure is five times higher than average of Madrid and has been calculated with municipal register as of 1 January 2017.

In section on weapons, with 737 cases, districts that have suffered from this increase are Decks, San Blas-Canillejas and Carabanchel, although Puente de Vallecas and Centre are more work y have given to Police by his high number of events.

on or hand, increase of police actions that come into play drugs has been especially significant in Tetuán, Chamberí, Puente de Vallecas, Chamartin and San Blas.

The Municipal Police and supported through a spokesman, increase in number of interventions by certain crimes, but denies that this will translate into a greater crime. "There has been a significant increase in duties preventive and dissuasive, especially against possession of weapons and drugs, gender based violence and traffic and road safety. Have been made more special campaigns and operations, but re are fewer complaints and fewer requirements citizens, so that perspective of security has improved", she explains.

indicators of crime of National Police Corps and Civil Guard, provided by Ministry of Interior, also show a spike in crimes, although less pronounced: a 2% on total of criminal offences and a furr 8% on drug trafficking. However, information is not disaggregated by districts and re is no specific data of possession and consumption of drugs nor possession of weapons which make possible a real comparison with information collected by Municipal Police.

The president of Association of Neighbors of Puente de Vallecas, Jorge Nacarino, confirms that in streets of district perceived this increase of cases. "The points of sale of drugs have proliferated. There are many, especially in areas close to Old town and M-30," he says.

"What is seized, according to Police, is cocaine. But have appeared substances that seemed to be eradicated, such as heroin. Their consumption is more visible than or types of drugs, and perceived a rebound, something that has not been seen since 80's, even though logically to a lesser extent than n," he says.

His counterpart in Platform Neighborhood San Blas-Simancas, Agustina Serrano, has detected a similar situation in his district. "There has been an increase of everything that has to do with consumption and skullduggery of drugs. But what is more surprising is that lately become to see syringes scattered about street, something that has not occurred since years 70 and 80," she said.

Serrano believes that, behind drugs, or major security problem in district are ft. "Recently, re have been cases of ft of car batteries to full light of day. What is worse is that it seems that people have it cost to go to complain for lost time. It is important to do so because police and authorities are guided by statistics and at end, when we celebrate Citizen Security Councils, it appears that district is more quiet and secure than it really is," she laments.

Anor of districts that have worsened statistics law enforcement is Chamberí, which is positioned as third party in which more has increased total number of interventions by public safety. In addition, it records largest increase in those made by drug use, an 840%, rising from five to 47.

According to minutes of last Council of Security of Chamberí, held in July, to which this newspaper has had access, in first half took place an important operation of Municipal Police of district in a club smoking of cannabis. Is made jointly with National Police and resulted in seizure of 280 kilos of drugs, of which 110 were of hashish and 160 of marijuana, as well as arrest of seven people. This quantity of narcotic substances is " largest stash that has been caught and is going to take in a lot of time in Chamberí", underlines text.

The document includes, in addition, that in district have been elevated to or crimes such as gender-based violence, robberies with force in homes and in interior of vehicle or ft in public way.

In section people arrested and investigated in Madrid by Municipal Police during first six months of year, total number has amounted to more than 7,600, which are about 1,400 more than in 2016, representing an increase of 23%. Center is where most have been increased, and practically number has doubled, from a low of 1,051 to more than 2,000 arrests.

crimes against road safety have been reason for detention repeated, ahead of ft, domestic violence, injuries, and threats.

finally, information provided by town Hall and Municipal Police includes also data on controls of alcohol. In first semester have been made more than 100,000 tests, 96% of m with negative result, figures similar to those in 2016.

The breathalyzer has been occasion of more than 1,500 arrests, including regular controls (3.375 positive) and those made after an accident, a violation, or observation of symptoms of intoxication on part of agents.

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