Citation(s) from the GunPolicy.org literature library
Pietz, Tobias, Rebekka Edelmann and Elvan Isikozlu. 2006 ‘SALW and Crime.’ SALW Survey of Croatia; Section 3.1, p. 13. Belgrade: South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) / Bonn International Center for Conversion. 1 November
SALW and Crime
[SALW = small arms and light weapons]
The MoI has provided the survey with detailed information on crimes committed with SALW. The information shows that the total number of crimes committed with weapons increased by over 50 percent during the period 2001 to 2004 and remained at that level in 2005.
This coincides with and supports information provided by journalists and the MoI regarding the recent and substantial growth of violent crime and casualties due to armed robberies. Armed robberies were also mentioned as the biggest threat of armed violence in all focus groups conducted for this survey, especially in those conducted in the cities of Zagreb and Split. The use of assault rifles and long-barrel guns in these robberies has been another disturbing trend.
Incidentally, most crimes are committed with pistols or revolvers, which are the most widely held and legally registered weapon among the civilian population. Nevertheless, both police and journalists stressed that most crimes are committed with illegally owned weapons, which to some extent also include weapons banned for civilian possession such as rifles and their military counterpart.
[MoI = Ministry of the Interior]