VIOLENT CRIME in the Lisbon area fell by 20 per cent in 2007, according to Guilherme Guedes da Silva, chief superintendent of the Lisbon Metropolitan Police.
Burglary of residencies, however, showed a rise of 12 per cent, he said.
Speaking at the celebrations of the 141st anniversary of the Lisbon Metropolitan Police headquarters on Tuesday, he revealed crimes with firearms also fell, dropping 9.6 per cent in comparison with 2006. Crimes with knifes and similar dropped about 30 per cent over one year.
Lisbon Metropolitan police has 7,000 police agents for a population of 1.7 million residents.
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