Watch: Increase in money laundering reports registered in 2019

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

During 2019 there was an increase in the number of money laundering reports filed with the police, Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri announced on Friday morning during the presentation of the Crime Malta Annual Report.

According to the newly published results, money laundering reports increased by 9% and there 36 reports in total in 2019. Police reports on money laundering have been reported separately since 2017. In 2017 a total of 17 reports were filed while in 2018 there were a total of 33 reports.

The crime rate in Malta decreased by 2.1% in 2019 when compared to the previous year. A total number of 15,589 cases were registered in Malta in 2019 or 31 cases for every 1,000 individuals. The European average stands at 59 cases for every 1,000 individuals. Minister Camilleri noted that the rate has decreased over the span of three years.

The other categories which saw an increase include the breaching of public peace, sexual offences, theft, and arson.

For the first time in fifteen years, St Julian’s registered its lowest crime rate.

Vote on method to appoint new police commissioner will be taken next week

Next week the MPs will be voting on the bill put forward on the appointment of the new police commissioner. During the same televised press conference, the Home Affairs Minister explained that the bill is now in the third reading and it will be voted upon next week.

He remarked that Malta remains one of the safest countries in Europe and this reflected well on the Police Force.

Community policing which started as a pilot project in Mellieħa, will be extended to other localities after obtaining successful results. The localities which will now be included to the list are Rabat, Ħad-Dingli, Mdina, Pembroke and Fgura among others.

Police sets up coronavirus contingency plan

The Home Affairs Minister also announced that the Police has a contingency plan in place in case there is a sudden spike in crime rate during the coronavirus outbreak.

Camilleri took questions from the media during the streamed broadcast.

He explained that while some district police stations may be closed, there was an increase in police patrol.