Lithuania’s police could not anticipate doubling of homicides during lockdown – officer

  • 2020-05-08
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – The number of homicides in Lithuania soared by a whopping annual 122 percent between the beginning of the lockdown on March 16 and early May, which Lithuania’s police could not have anticipated, Rolandas Kiskis, head of the Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau, said on Friday.

The majority of homicides were related to conflicts in the immediate social environment and the consumption of alcohol, he said at a conference held by the Lithuanian police.

A total of 22 homicides had been recorded in Lithuania during the lockdown, up from 10 homicides in the same period last year, Police Commissioner General Renatas Pozela said earlier this week.

The numbers of crimes related to domestic violence – light bodily injuries and threats of intent to kill or harm – increased by 10.7 percent and 16.5 percent, respectively, from the spring of 2019.

However, the aggregate level of crime declined by more than 7 percent during the lockdown.

For instance, the numbers of such crimes as the infringement of public policy, light bodily injury, currency counterfeiting and illegal use of means of payment fell by more than 40 percent and the number of thefts decreased by 17 percent.