Palma.—From the start of the year to the end of September, there have been 59'417 crimes and failures to comply with the lawregistered in the Balearic Islands, compared to the 60'149 recorded over the same period in 2011. Of particular significance was that there was 60 percent less cases of homicide and murder, down from 10 to 4 from January to the end of September this year.

Robbery with violence was down from 10'369 in the nine month period in 2011 to 9'261 in 2012, -10.7% less. Vehicle theft was also down, by -9.8%, as was drug trafficking by -1.9%. The report showed however, that in the category of robbery with violence, there was a greater amount of crime being committed in private homes, up from 2'258 from January to September in 2011 to 3'387 for the same period this year, up by 50%. This, said Central Government's Interior Ministry was largely due to the operations of gangs this summer in outlying areas of Majorca.

Two weeks ago, as part of “Operation Burkha,” the Guardia Civil arrested two young men who are accused of robbing as many as 70 houses in isolated locations in the municipalities of Sencelles, Binissalem, Algaida, Llucmajor, Inca and Marratxi.

The Ministry pointed out that the increase of robbery with violence in private homes has also been registering statistically higher because of new forms of technology capturing intruders on camera and new methods of detecting breaking and entering.