The president of the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), Holger Münch, had reason to be pleased when he presented his agency’s report on organized crime in 2017 in Germany. At a press conference in Wiesbaden on Wednesday, Münch said that the economic damage resulting from organized crime plummeted from around €1 billion ($1.17 billion) in 2016 to €209 million ($244 million).
Part of that dramatic fall is due to the fact that 2016 was a statistical outlier. Economic damage from organized crime has been consistently falling in recent years and is now well under a third of what it was in 2013.
After an atypical rise in 2016, organized crime declined again in 2017
The figures suggest that while the number of organized crimes remains steady, criminals could be making less and less money from them.
“The conspicuous decrease in the damage amount comes from the fact that conspicuously fewer cases of organized crime