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Murder in Italy hits 40-year low

Rate is half the European average, study says

Murder in Italy hits 40-year low

Rome, July 11 - Murder in Italy hit a 40-year low in 2012, totalling 526 for the year, a joint report by the Italian social economic research group EURES and ANSA revealed on Thursday. The number of murders has fallen 67.8% since 1990, when there were 1,633. Italy enjoys one of Europe's lowest murder rates, with one person slain per 100,000 inhabitants compared to a European average of 1.9 per 100,000. Central Italy led the nation in its sharp 13.1% decline in murders, followed by northern Italy, where they fell by 7.9%. In southern Italy, slayings edged up 0.4% for the year, and accounted for 53% of the nation's total, with the region of Campania, where Naples is located, leading other regions with 90 violent deaths. Killings within families still make up the largest single category, but have declined 10.3% since 2011. Meanwhile murder by ordinary criminals has increased sharply, up 25.8%.

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