Decrease in armed robberies in the French commercial sector

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Since 2009, armed robberies in France have gone down by 44% and in 2014 the decrease was 21% (2,619 incidents known to the police and the gendarmerie is the lowest figure since 1996)¹. This decline is part of a general downward trend which has prevailed since the second half of the 90s, and which has only been punctuated by three sudden rises in 1996, 2002 and 2009.

Evolution of armed robberies in accordance with the nature of establishments

2011 2012 2013 2014 Var. (%)
2013/14
Entire commercial sector 3.426 3.149 3.211 2.319 -28
Financial establishments 192 176 139 104 -25
Industrial and commercial establishments 3.186 2.931 3.035 2.193 -28
Non-food retail outlets 1.292 1.311 1.163 728 -37
Service stations 245 246 208 153 -26
Cigarette stores 540 571 580 368 -37
Jewellers and the like 359 327 224 119 -47
Pharmacies 100 118 104 56 -46
Perfume stores, hairdressers, beauty parlours 48 49 47 32 -32
Food outlets 719 642 752 605 -20
Large stores 400 m² 245 193 264 208 -21
Smaller stores 400 m² 474 449 488 397 -19
Accommodation, catering services 430 397 424 337 -21
Hotels 110 78 88 65 -26
Bars, restaurants 320 319 336 272 -19
Others 745 581 696 523 -25
Long haul transport companies 48 42 37 22 -41

In 2014 in relation to 2013, armed robberies of financial firms decreased by 25%; robberies involving non-food retail outlets did so by 37%, whereas the downturn affecting food-related retail outlets was 20%.In spite of this, it must be noted that in 2013 outlets larger than 400 m² witnessed a slight increase in violent crime. Finally, the hotel and catering sector also saw a drop of 20% over the two years in question.

¹ Source: État 4001 i OCLCO (Central Office to Combat Organised Crime)
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