That’s why Germany is a burglars paradise

André Schulz (Bundesvorsitzender, Bund Deutscher Kriminalbeamter (BDK)


Increase in home burglaries: Who is responsible for this?

The Grand Coalition has just agreed on parts of a new security package – this also provides for a more punishable dumping of home burglaries. Experts declare the measure as insufficient.

  • The condemnation rate for housing burglaries is 1 to 3 percent across Germany
  • Few persecution pressure: For the perpetrators, Germany is a popular burglar country
  • We lack the quantity and quality of the police and the judiciary to change that

It is more than material damage. It is above all the loss of personal sense of security. Apartment burglaries destroy the privacy of the victims – they rob their own walls of any intimacy. It is therefore hardly surprising that the statistics are of concern to the general public: For the year 2015 the criminal statistics show 167,136 housing dips and thus 9.9 per cent more than in the previous year. At the same time – and this is the real drama behind the figures – the enlightenment rate is 15 percent for the whole of Germany, and the condemned rate is only 1 to 3 percent. No witnesses, rarely usable fingerprints or DNA traces, a well-structured market for the prey: hardly a crime is as difficult to elucidate as the dwelling.

The north and west of Germany are particularly affected

In addition, Germany enjoys a dubious reputation among international gangs, which also make a pragmatic cost-benefit analysis. In the meantime it has been a question of who breaks in here, usually does not happen much. In particular, Hamburg and Berlin have to deal with organized crime. Many cases are known in Hamburg, in which the perpetrators from Chile and Peru are allowed to fly in here. It is worthwhile for them, and they have little to fear: even if they are arrested – in court, the circumstance is rare. And Europe, with so many advantages, does not make it any easier: we already have 16 incompatible police IT systems in Germany – cross-border communication and exchanges between the authorities are still a lot worse!

This can not please anyone: neither the politics nor the police, and especially not the population, which is itself increasingly concerned about the prevention. These efforts are quite effective, as can be seen from the constantly increasing number of trials – but this can not be the only solution. New laws also make little use. The Aachen Declaration, which has just been adopted, with which the competent ministers of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Lower Saxony and the German Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière (CDU) have agreed with their colleagues from Belgium and the Netherlands on closer cooperation, is a step into the Right direction, but not yet.

Knowledge is urgently needed

What we really need is more staff. And by this I mean well-trained protective policemen and, above all, for investigating well-trained detectives in sufficient numbers. The policemen are now to be able to do a little bit of everything and become allrounders who lack the necessary expertise. And this would be particularly important for housing dwellings, because burglars are usually serient. In twelve German states, police officers learn their abilities mainly according to the principle of “learning by doing”. Successful combating of crime can not work. In the meantime, politics still sets its own priorities, weighs costs and benefits, and concludes for itself: the damage is (still) not high enough, the citizens’ sense of security is still not damaged enough to finally get the right consequences To pull.

The citizens have a look. And we police officers. Finally, a catalog of measures has to be drawn up so that these offenses are no longer managed, but the perpetrators are identified. This has its price. But should not our security and our privacy be worth it?

Source: XING – Published: Friday 11 November, 00:30