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Latvia's crime rate remained lowest in Baltics in 2015

During an annual conference of prosecutors on last year's results and work priorities for 2016, Prosecutor General Eriks Kalnmeiers said that there was a 2.1 percent reduction of crimes registered in Latvia last year, reported LETA newswire Wednesday.

He said that there were 439 less crimes registered in Riga last year when compared to the previous year, while in the Riga Region there was a 6.5 percent reduction in crimes committed. According to Kalnmeiers, this is a considerable reduction.

There were 262 less cases of serious crimes committed last year, and the prosecutor general also added that this was also a considerable achievement. He said that serious crimes took 4.1 percent of the total crimes registered in Latvia last year.

He added that Latvia remains the country with the lowest crime level in the Baltics per 100,000 residents, however, the situation is gradually ''balancing out''.

He also said that four contract killings were registered in Latvia last year.

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