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Grillot, Suzette R, Wolf-Christian Paes, Hans Risser and Shelly O Stoneman. 2004 ‘Crime Impact.’ A Fragile Peace: Guns and Security in Post-Conflict Macedonia; Section 6.4, pp. 45-46. Geneva: Bonn International Center for Conversion / Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 1 January

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Crime Impact

Measuring the impact of guns on crime is difficult due to the fact that official crime statistics kept by the Ministry of the Interior do not take into account whether firearms were involved…

Interpol data are available for Macedonia only for the years of 1995–1998 and 2002 and are not categorized based on gun use.

Reports of homicide statistics taking into account firearms offer data that are inconsistent with Interpol, but consistent with the suggestion that gun availability after the conflict has not engendered extraordinary homicide rates.

Based on figures available at the Macedonian Bureau of Statistics, the numbers of murders committed with firearms tripled from 2000 to 2001, but dropped by half in 2002. Twenty-eight reported murders were committed with guns in 2000, 95 in 2001, and 46 in 2002. Ministry of the Interior reports state that between 1998 and 2002, 161 felony murders were committed with firearms.

Though these figures were not available by year, spread over a time span of a few years they yield numbers that fall within the range of homicides reported by the Macedonian Bureau.

Compared to crime rates of selected Balkan states, Macedonia represents approximately the mean rate of both homicides and aggravated assaults in 2002.

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