THE crime rate in Alicante Province dropped 2 per cent last year, according to the annual criminality review published by the Home Affairs Office last week.
Alicante was the only province within the Valencia Region where fewer crimes were committed than the year before, with Valencia and Castellón seeing rises of 4.4 per cent and 5.5 per cent respectively.
On average, the rate of crime went up 2 per cent in the whole of the region, but this was lower than the national average of 4.2 per cent.
In Alicante Province, a total of 88,517 offences were committed, 2 per cent fewer than the 90,343 committed in 2017.
While there was a reduction in the crime rate as a whole, the province registered an increase in serious crimes such as homicide, sexual aggression and burglaries.
Crime went up in Alicante (3 per cent), Alcoy (8 per cent) and Orihuela (13.8 per cent), but was reduced in Santa Pola (-11.8 per cent), Torrevieja (-7.2 per cent), Benidorm (-9.2 per cent) and Elche (-2.7 per cent).