Luxembourg is a safe country. And this remains the case despite the slight but steady increase in crime recorded by the Grand-Ducal Police, in particular crime against property.
This is borne out by ‘Risk Map 2017’, an interactive map produced by the British company Control Risks, which shows that the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is one of the rare countries in the world - along with Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries - to be categorised as very safe.
Let us take the homicide rate, an important indicator in this field. The police statistics provide every year reliable - and reassuring - figures.
Thus, in 2013, the Grand-Ducal Police recorded just one murder, a crime, moreover, which has since been solved. A year earlier, 1 murder and 2 killings were recorded in the annual police report. Overall, the rate of homicide as a percentage of the population came to 4.2% between 2009 and 2013.
Statec has inquired into safety
In 2013, the National Statistics and Economic Studies Institute (Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques, STATEC) studied safety in Luxembourg in collaboration with the University of Luxembourg. The first findings of this survey showed that 50% of Luxembourg households had not been the victim of any crime between 2008 and 2013. The bulk of the 50% who had been affected by criminality had been confronted by a consumer fraud (17.6%), theft without violence (12.8%) or fraud involving a bank card (12.7%). 10% of the households questioned had been burgled during the period considered.
In the same context, Statec also inquired into persons who claimed they had been victims of violence at least once in their lives. It emerged that 17% of the people interviewed had been harassed in the course of the 5 years preceding the survey (psychological harassment/threats/bullying), 4% had been the victims of theft with violence, 9% had suffered physical violence and 4% had been victims of sexual violence.
However, it appears from the survey that 85% of the inhabitants of Luxembourg feel safe there. Only 15% stated that they did not feel safe when they went out alone in their area in the evening and 8% do not go out after nightfall. And 34% of the persons surveyed consider that it is probable that they will be burgled.
However, more than 80% of inhabitants consider that the Grand-Ducal Police do a good, if not very good, job. Moreover, with a presence of 324.8 police officers for every 100,000 habitants, the country is near the European average (337.7).