▷ More than 3000 homicides unresolved in Germany

06.12.2021 – 01:00

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More than 3000 homicides unsolved in Germany

Detective union calls for nationwide cold-case units

Osnabrück. In Germany, more than 3,000 homicides are currently unresolved. This is reported by the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (NOZ), citing information from the security authorities of the federal states. The number is probably even higher because individual authorities were unable to provide any information. As the paper writes, North Rhine-Westphalia alone records 1,160 corresponding so-called cold cases. Baden-Württemberg and Lower Saxony followed with 550 and 375 corresponding cold cases, respectively.

According to “NOZ”, the handling of the cases differs from state to state. In some cases, special cold-case units have been used to recap the old crimes. The federal states of Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt were unable to provide any information. This also applies to some police authorities in other federal states.

The Bund Deutscher Kriminalbeamter (BDK) calls for a more concentrated approach to investigations into old homicides nationwide. The cold cases are often processed “alongside everyday business”, according to chairman Dirk Peglow in the “NOZ”. He said: “The establishment of so-called ‘Cold Case Units’ as independent services is therefore the best solution to deal with old cases in the appropriate manner and, if possible, to clarify them.” This is not just an obligation to the victims. The education was “of enormous importance, especially for the relatives of the victims,” ​​said Peglow.

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