German environmental crime rate still downward

Environmental crime in Germany fell for the fifth straight year in 2003, the latest annual survey by the country's environment agency shows. It records just under 32,700 offences in 2003, down 5% from 2002. The agency said it had no explanation for the decline. Unauthorised waste dumping continued to be the most common offence, accounting for over half the total. Water pollution was the second most common offence, accounting for almost 14%, followed by land pollution with 5.4%. Nearly 62% of offences were successfully investigated; however, only 76 led to punishments. See press release.

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