Cybercrime, domestic violence, theft of ATMs, school crime, violence in sports and opportunist theft against tourists are some of the Government’s priorities in criminal matters for 2017-2019.
The paper that defines criminal policy objectives, priorities and guidelines for the biennium 2017-2019, which includes crime prevention and criminal investigation, has already been submitted to the Assembly of the Republic, after having been approved by the Ministerial Council on 4 of May
Priority prevention includes, among others, group crime and terrorism, arms trafficking, forest fire, money laundering, corruption, tax and social security and drug trafficking, as well as crimes of a sexual nature and those against children and the elderly.
In the draft law, robbery and robbery in homes, trafficking in persons, criminality in prisons and by organized mobile groups are considered as priority investigative crimes.
The definition of these priorities takes into account the data from the Annual Internal Security Report (ISAR) for 2016 and international crime trends.
The Government intends with this law to reduce “violence in a family and institutional environment, strengthen the protection of victims of crime, recover assets from criminal activities and achieve a more effective prevention of criminal recidivism.”
The diploma states that “the use of the Internet as a vehicle for communication and propaganda associated with terrorism and hate crimes and attacks against the information systems of States” are factors that point to “the need to maintain efforts in the prevention and repression of cybercrime and serious forms of trafficking associated with it, in particular arms and drugs.”
In the area of cybercrime, the draft law also indicates “a trend towards increased cases of extortion and theft of cloud storage service credentials, the displacement of forms of traditional crime into the digital environment, the incidence of crimes against freedom and sexual self-determination through the internet. ”
According to the RASI of 2016, computer crimes increased by 21.5% compared to 2015, with computer sabotage increasing 147.4%, addiction, destruction, damage to computer software an increase of 81.8% and computer and communications fraud an increase of 7.9%.
The Government justifies these priorities with “the repetition and unpredictability of actions taken by mobile organized groups, many of them with transnational activity, the feeling of insecurity associated with assaults on residences, the significant incidence of violent crimes in school environment, the associated risks of violence the spread of illegal weapons and the increase in thefts of opportunity associated with the increase in tourism. ”
According to the RASI, school bullying increased by 6.2% in 2016 and opportunity theft increased by 12.1%.
Regarding the prevention of sports violence, the executive proposes to carry out “actions to prevent and control manifestations of violence, racism, xenophobia and intolerance in sporting spectacles”.