Crime in general increased on Lanzarote last year, although figures remained below the level in 2019, the last year before the pandemic.
6,403 crimes were reported in 2022, over half of which fell under the category “Other criminal offences”, which does not include more serious crimes. In 2019, 7,200 crimes were reported.
Thefts, burglaries and robberies with violence fell slightly on the island, while considerable rises were seen in rape, sexual offences, drug dealing and cybercrime.
While Arrecife saw the largest amount of crimes, reflecting its higher population; Tías saw the highest rise in overall crime, perhaps reflecting the return of tourism to the island’s most important resort area.
There were three homicides on the islands last year – two stabbings in Arrecife and a tragic case in which an elderly woman in Tinajo attempted a double suicide with her sick husband.
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