Crime Report 2019


  • Crimes that Increased (in descending percentage change order): violation of places of confinement, crimes against public peace, sexual offences, money laundering, arson, pretended rights, bodily harm, attempted offences and theft.
  • Crimes that Decreased (in descending percentage change order): perjury and false swearing, infanticide/abandonment of child, prostitution, drugs, abuse of public authority, crimes against public safety, homicide, immigration, forgery, fraud, computer misuse, violence against public officers, pornography, threats and private violence and domestic violence.


  • Thefts have seen a slight increase overall, though out of 48 sub-categories, 18 experienced an increase with 30 experiencing a decrease. Interestingly, this slight increase comes at a time when pick-pocketing, which was the heavyweight category for all reported crimes has again experienced a 29% decrease in crime when compared to 2018, but the 330 case decrease was offset by 513 cases of increased theft from vehicle (66% increase), 52 cases of theft from building sites (38% increase), 24 cases of thefts from occupied residences (4% increase) and 49 cases of theft from factory premises (20% increase). In terms of decreases, Theft of vehicle experienced a 26% decline (72 cases) with residences vacant and exterior experiencing a 30% decrease, a percentage also experienced by snatch and grab.

  • Theft comprises 42.5% of all offences, an increase of 2% (103 cases) over the previous year’s drop from 48.2% in 2017 to 41% in 2018.

  • Damages increased slightly in 2019, comprising 25.3% of all offences up from 24.7% in 2018 and 22% in 2017, increasing through Involuntary Damage by Hit and Run incidents.

  • Bodily Harm stood at 925 cases in 2019, up from 892 cases in 2018 which results in a significant 4% increase, where the main increase was related to Grevious Bodily Harm with Physical Force (39% increase) and Slight Bodily Harm with arms Improper (15% increase).

  • Fraud has experienced a 20% decrease (211 cases) following a major high 31% increase between 2017 and 2018. The count for 2018 amounted to 1032 cases, which makes the 2019 figure still second highest, thus maintaining a hold as one of the top 5 crimes in the Maltese Islands League of Tables.

  • Computer related crime experienced a 17% decrease over the previous year, falling throughout the sub-categories, except for Unauthorised Deletion of Data.

  • Drugs reporting decreased by 54% (drop of 189 cases), decreasing throughout the sub-categories. This decrease followed an increase of 12% between 2017 and 2018.

  • Domestic Violence decreased slightly by 1% of all offences, even when it has a 8.5% weight of all reported crimes, reaching 1326 cases, with a 61% increase in Stalking, 3% in Psychological Harm and 4% in Grievous Bodily Harm with Physical Force.

  • Threats and Public Violence has decreased by 8% in 2019, mainly through stalking, blackmail, defamation and causing fear of violence, though harassment and threats by means of writing experienced a reduction in reporting.

  • Sexual Offences increased by 21% (25 cases) in 2019, maintaining a year-on-year increase initiated since 2015, with an increase in all sub-categories except for indecent exposure which registered a slight decrease.

  • Violence against Public Officers decreased by 15% to 185 cases down from a high of 238 in 2017.

  • Theft from Residences has again increased by 24 cases or 4% as compared to 2018 reaching 647 cases, a steady increase initiated in 2015.

  • Pretended Rights which had been recorded as a separate category in 2017 registered a 6% increase in reports amounting to 183 cases up from 172 cases in 2018.
Money Laundering as recorded for the first time as a distinct category in 2017 registered a 9% increase in 2019, reaching 36 cases from a count of 17 cases in 2017 and 33 cases in 2018.
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