Crime in the Czech Republic
Crime in the Czech Republic is combated by the Czech Police and other agencies.
In 2009, there were approximately 330,000 crimes committed in the Czech Republic. The number of murders fell from 202 in 2008 to 181 in 2009. The U.S. Department of State rates the Czech Republic as a ‘low’ crime threat location.
Romanis make 2-3% of population in the Czech Republic. According to Říčan (1998), Roma make up more than 60% of Czech prisoners and about 20-30% earn their livelihood in illegal ways, such as prostitution, trafficking and other property crimes.
Crime by type
Political corruption (especially bribery) and theft are one of the most severe issues in the Czech Republic. Group of States Against Corruption mainly criticises the lack of pro-active monitoring of the financing and states that an effective supervisory mechanism is missing.
A survey of Transparency International in 2009 showed that fewer than 1 in 10 respondents find the anti-corruption efforts of their government effective. In 2010, 44% of people answered that the corruption increased.
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