A recent police report indicates a significant shift in Spain’s crime trends. Recent figures suggest a notable change in the pattern.

In the first nine months of 2023, Spain recorded 1,826,911 criminal offences, showing a 5 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2022.

Meanwhile, cybercrimes, comprising 18.5 per cent of the total, experienced a significant 21.5 per cent jump from 2022.

A notable increase was observed in computer scams, constituting 90.4 per cent of all cybercrimes and 16.7 per cent of overall crime, with a 22.8 per cent rise.

Sexual offences (excluding digital crimes) also increased by 12 per cent. Experts have attributed this increase to better awareness and decreased social tolerance, which has encouraged more victims to report such incidents.

Drug trafficking offences escalated by 8.9 per cent, with 15,750 incidents reported. This indicates heightened police activity, especially under focused initiatives like the Special Security Plan for the Campo de Gibraltar.

The Crime Report details these trends and provides a region-specific analysis, covering various provinces, cities, and island territories, thus offering a nuanced understanding of the evolving criminal activities in Spain.