Italy's murder rate hits 40-year low

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Italy’s murder rate hit a 40-year low last year with 526 homicides recorded in 2012, a report released on Thursday has found.

The Murder in Italy 2013 report by news agency ANSA and EURES, an economic social and research organization, said that the numbers were continuing to decline this year with 226 murders recorded in the first half of 2013.

The centre of Italy saw the greatest reduction with 13.1 percent fewer murders, while the north experienced a 7.9 percent decrease and the south saw a slight rise of 0.4 percent.

Overall, the south accounted for 53 percent of all murders in Italy last year, with the region of Campania seeing the most violence with 90 homicides.

The number of murders within families dropped by more than 10 percent from 2011.

Italy compares well to other EU countries, the report said, with one murder for every 100,000 inhabitants compared to the average of 1.9.

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