Crime in Spain has fallen over the first six months of 2015 according to interior minister Jorge Fernández Díaz. Overall, the number of reported crimes has dropped by one point nine percent in the first six months of this year in comparison with the same period in 2014. Violent crime has gone down the most with murders down by over a quarter; aggravated robbery by just over twelve percent; burglary involving forcible and violent entry or exit by twelve percent; assaults by ten percent and theft from non-residential premises involving force by just under ten percent. Statistically, violent crime rates are low in Spain, and are amongst the best in Europe.
The falls for the Valencian region including the Costa Blanca were above the national average, with a reduction of four point five percent over the first six month of 2015, compared to 2014, with the highest amount of crime being committed in Alicante Province. 22 murders had though been committed in first half of 2015, as opposed to 16 over the same time frame in 2014.