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The document highlights that crime, both general and violent and serious, recorded levels ​​below the pre-pandemic period, in 2019.

Overall crime increased by 0.9% in 2021 compared to 2020, while violent and serious crime decreased by 6.9%, according to the Annual Internal Security Report (RASI) approved today.

The 2021 RASI, approved at the meeting of the Superior Council for Internal Security, reveals that reported crime recorded a slight increase compared to 2020, with 2,597 more crimes.

According to the RASI, in 2021, 301,394 crimes were reported to the security forces and services, 0.9% more than in 2020, when 298,797 were reported.

However, violent and serious crime recorded a decline last year compared to 2020, with 855 fewer.

The RASI accounts for 11,614 violent and serious crimes in 2021, 6.9% less than in 2020, when there were 12,469.

The document highlights that crime, both general and violent and serious, recorded values ​​below the pre-pandemic period, in 2019.

According to the RASI, crimes against property continue to be the most representative within the scope of crime reported to security forces and services, representing 50.2% of the total.

Theft crimes, which in their various forms represent 26.7% of total participations, maintain the downward trend seen in recent years with 3,932 fewer occurrences (-4.66%) compared to 2020.

The RASI also indicates that the crime of domestic violence is the most reported, with 26,520 complaints, despite having registered a reduction of 4% (-915 cases) compared to 2020.

Lisbon (72,183), Porto (47,552), Setúbal (28,679), Faro (20,788) and Braga (18,419) are the districts with the highest absolute number of reported crime and, conversely, Portalegre (3,058), Bragança (3,140), Guarda (3,462), Évora (3,595) and Beja (4,321) have the lowest values.

However, overall crime recorded greater increases in 2021 in Lisbon, 2,190 more (+3.1%), Azores (+735, +7.9%), Beja (+561, +14.9%), Setúbal (+426, +1.5%), Castelo Branco (+361, +7.1%), while the biggest drop occurred in Porto, minus 2,908 (-5.8%), Madeira (-476, -7, 9%), Coimbra (-451, -4.8%), Braga (-442, -2.3%) and Portalegre (-283, -8.5%).

The RASI also reveals that the crime of robbery in its various forms is responsible for 68% of the violent and serious occurrences recorded, the crime of robbery on public roads, theft by stretching and resistance and coercion on an employee representing 65.5% of serious and violent.

Within the scope of violent crime, crimes for extortion rose, with 129 cases (19.5%) and rape, a further 82 cases (+26%).

In the opposite direction, robbery by snatching fell, with 461 cases less (-20.9%), robbery on public roads (-390 cases, -8.3%) and residential robberies by (-148 cases, -22.5%).

As with general crime, the districts of Lisbon (4,619), Porto (1,886), Setúbal (1,234), Faro (707) and Braga (469) have the highest absolute number of violent and serious crime.


Violent crime registered drops in 2021 in the districts of Setúbal, minus 359 (-22.5%), Lisbon (-344, -6.9%), Faro (-144, -16.9%), Aveiro (-57 , -12.5%) and Coimbra (-54, -17.6%), while in Santarém, 48 (+18%), Porto (+32, +1.7%), Azores (+28%, 14.6%) and in Viana do Castelo (+26, 34.2%) increased.

The meeting of the Superior Council for Internal Security was chaired by Prime Minister António Costa.



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Guimarães, Braga May 15, 2022 (Lusa) – Nina, Daria and Juliia arrived in Guimarães on March 15 with minor children, the pain of war and uncertainty, but after two months, they feel integrated, with work and their children to attend school.

Nina Kozachok, 38 years old, Vladislav and Rostislav, 15 and 8 years old, lived in Vinnitsa but, as soon as the war started, they fled to Poland, where they stayed for a few days in a pavilion with “more than 1,500 people” of various nationalities, “ afraid and in very difficult humanitarian conditions”.

Nina says that it was during this period, through Facebook, that she learned that Portugal was receiving people from Ukraine, promising them “work, home and school for the children”.

“This is very important for anyone who has two children. Portugal was the country that offered the best conditions [for reception]”, says Nina, who did not know the country, nor Guimarães, the city where she arrived with other compatriots in a nine-seater van, with a mix of “sadness, happiness and uncertainty” to face the future.

However, the beautician’s fear “for the unknown”, quickly turned into a “good surprise”, starting with the conditions she found in the host family’s house, in the parish of Fermentões.

“We couldn’t believe it: rooms prepared, table full of food, with cereal for the children, the fridge full. I am very grateful to this family”, underlines Nina, through the voice of the translator who accompanied the interview, which took place at the host family’s home.

As for her children, her biggest concern is that of her husband, 38 years old, who had to stay in Ukraine, reports that “a week” after arriving, they were already attending schools in the municipality of Guimarães, which adapted to their needs “ new students”, who are learning Portuguese, geography, English, among other subjects.

“They were very well received in schools. The youngest is in the 2nd year at Fernando Távora [school] and the oldest is in the 10th year, at Francisco da Holanda [school], “says Nina Kozachok, adding that Vitória Sport Clube also offered to receive them. in different sports.

Visibly moved, the mother thanks and expresses “deep gratitude” to the host family and to the entities that have helped her family in this “difficult phase”, namely to the services of the Guimarães Council, which “are always available” to support, but assumes who wants to have their independence.

“I already have a job interview scheduled. I want to work, earn my money, have an independent life. I want to organize my life”, emphasizes Nina, for whom the return to Ukraine is, these days, just a “wish and a dream”.

Those already working are Daria Makarova, 34, and Juliia Yehorenkova, 42, friends who fled with their children, aged 14 and 16, from Nikopol, a city about 420 kilometers from the capital Kiev.

In Ukraine they worked in a bakery, in Guimarães they are employees, with a work contract, in the Continuing and Medium-Term Care and Rehabilitation Unit of the Polvoreira Parish Social Center (CSPP), in which they are “integrating very well”, with the precious help of ‘Google translator’.

A Moldovan co-worker, who has been in Portugal for several years, acted as a translator in the conversation with the two women, who, as soon as the war broke out, fled to Lviv, near the Polish border, where they stayed for five to six days. .

They say that, like Nina, with whom they traveled in the same little guy who arrived in the birthplace on March 15, it was through Facebook that they obtained information about the conditions that Portugal offered to Ukrainian refugees, namely, “food, work, everything” .

The “peace, tranquility, landscapes” and the advice of a friend with connections to Angola were fundamental for them to choose Portugal as a destination to escape the war and they risked coming “at luck”, without knowing anything or anyone.

The four live in an apartment that belongs to the CSPP, which will cover the expenses related to housing, for a year. After this period, a lease agreement will be made, at an affordable price.

The children Daria and Juliia also attend schools in the county, where they were “very well received and integrated” by educational establishments and colleagues.

Asked about a possible return to Ukraine, this seems to be, at the moment, a very distant reality.

“I live one day at a time. I don’t know tomorrow”, replied Julia.