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Non-violent crimes in Italy up since 2010

Rise could be fueled by economic crisis, says report

Non-violent crimes in Italy up since 2010

(ANSA) - Rome, August 20 - Non-violent crimes are on the rise in Italy, up 5.4% since 2010 after a three-year decline in offenses, said a report by the interior ministry on Monday. In 2011, 2.76 million criminal acts were registered compared to 2.62 million in 2010. The report says that the country's economic crisis could be fueling offenses such as home burglaries that increased by 21%, reaching 205,000. Pickpocketing was also up with 134,000 incidents reported nationwide.

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