Messina below the national average

“In 2019, the number of voluntary homicides consumed in Italy was 0.5 per 100 thousand inhabitants, higher in the South (0.7) and in general decline in the last decade (it was 0.9 per 100 thousand in 2010)”. This is what Istat notes, which published the annual update of the system of indicators of the fair and sustainable well-being of the territories, referring to the Italian provinces and metropolitan cities.

In the territories “the rate varies considerably from year to year as a result of differences limited to a few units. For this reason, at this level of territorial detail it is more appropriate to observe the trend in the rate of violent crimes, more robust. The territorial distribution of other violent crimes reported (massacres, unintentional murders, infanticides, attempted murders, malicious injuries, kidnappings, sexual violence, robberies, attacks) does not follow a clear geographical gradient. In 2019, the national average was 16.1 per 10 thousand inhabitants (16.7 in 2018), with differences that at the provincial level range from 7.4 violent crimes reported in Oristano to 27.5 in Imperia. High values ​​are recorded in almost all metropolitan cities, in particular in Naples (26.5), Milan (23.2) and Bologna (20.6), while Reggio di Calabria and Cagliari are positioned below the Italian average (11, 5 in both cases) “.” The phenomenon has a clear urban connotation – notes Istat – Both in the Center-North and in the South, in fact, the highest values ​​are observed in the ‘predominantly urban’ provinces, i.e. those in which the population residing in rural areas does not reach 20% of the total. On the other hand, in the ‘predominantly rural’ provinces (where half or more of the population lives in rural areas) and in those with an intermediate characterization, the levels are decidedly lower. Positive exceptions in the first case are represented by Lecco (10.2), Cagliari (11.5) and, in Puglia, Lecce, Brindisi and Taranto (respectively 11.3; 11.5 and 12.0). On the contrary, among the predominantly rural provinces, Foggia (21.2) emerges in the negative “. Between 2010 and 2019 “the rate of violent crimes reported in Italy fell by more than 2 points. The decrease concerns two out of three Italian provinces, in some cases with declines of more than a third (Cosenza, Grosseto, Rieti and Novara). Some northern provinces go against the trend: Como ( 32%), Trieste ( 33%), Belluno ( 38%) and Imperia ( 50%). 10 thousand inhabitants in 2010 to 27.5 in 2019 “. “The rate of widespread crimes reported is also falling. In 2019, a total of 179.7 thefts of all kinds and home robberies per 10 thousand inhabitants were reported in Italy (197.7 in 2018). The variability between the provinces is high. The minimum is recorded in Potenza (49.8), the maximum in Milan (371.4). The indicator confirms the greater penalization of the metropolitan cities of the Center-North, all at levels well above the Italian average, with the exception of Genoa (171.9) “, notes Istat. In the South” the situation is more articulated with peaks of particular intensity in Catania (224.1) and Naples (216.2) and values ​​significantly below the national average in Messina (82.8), Reggio di Calabria (89.4) and Cagliari (99.2). Looking at the provinces as a whole, the Emilian ones all fall into the group with the highest rates, with the exception of Piacenza (141.8 reports per 10,000 inhabitants) and Forlì-Cesena (161.4). High rates are observed, in Tuscany, in Florence, Livorno, Pisa and Prato (respectively 346.8, 240.9, 239.0, and 203.2) “.

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