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PALMA had the ninth highest rate of delinquency for cities of over 50'000 inhabitants, with 84.77 cases per 1'000 inhabitants last year. The national average was 46.91, according to an Interior ministry answer to a question in Parliament.

Top of the list was Benidorm with 175.41 cases, followed by Fuengirola with 121.70, Gandía with 121.53 and Torremolinos with 116.13.
Palma was the only Balearic city among the first 50 cities on the list.
However, the report indicates that the crime rate in Palma is not so high in reality if the census is followed, as it is the mass arrival of tourists which forces up the percentage.

Police sources said that with tourism, both the hypothetical number of victims and the number of possible delinquents rises.
Another criticism was the way in which the figures were calculated, including reports by Local and National Police and Guardia Civil.
Police sources said that if the statistics had been compiled in a different manner, Palma would have the same rate as Teruel and Toledo.
The same sources say that the errors in calculating the figures were illustrated by the naming of Escorca, a mountain village in Majorca, as the crime capital of Spain.

It only has 307 inhabitants, but the crime rate was calculated at 846 cases per 1'000 inhabitants.
This, the sources said, was due to the thousands of tourists who visit the beaches of Torrent de Pareis and Sa Calobra as well as Lluc monastery in the summer.


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