The Minister of Internal Affairs has announced that crime in 2020 registered the lowest levels in Portugal since record began, with only computer crimes rising.

In 2020 there was “a reduction of about 12 percent in general crime and a reduction of 14 percent in violent and serious crime”, said Eduardo Cabrita to the deputies of the parliamentary committee on Constitutional Affairs, Rights, Freedoms and Guarantees, stressing that these figures are the lowest since the annual internal security reports began.

The official stressed that the only exception is computer crimes, such as scams, which saw “significant growth” last year.

Eduardo Cabrita also noted that the crime of domestic violence decreased by six percent in 2020 compared to 2019, having registered “a significant reduction” during lockdown due to the pandemic.

In parliament, the Minister of Internal Administration also highlighted the decrease in the number of road accidents in 2020, a year in which accidents with victims decreased by 26 percent and the number of deaths decreased by 22 percent compared to the previous year.