The rape of a ten-year-old girl in Leipzig, the largest city in Saxony, has drawn renewed attention to the spiraling levels of violent crime perpetrated by migrants in cities and towns across Germany — and the lengths to which German officials and the media go to censor information about the perpetrators of those crimes.
The girl was riding her bicycle to school at seven o'clock in the morning on October 27 when a man ambushed her, threw her to the ground and raped her. The suspect is described as being in his mid-thirties with short brown hair and a stubble beard.
Leipzig police have explicitly refused to say whether the suspect is a migrant, but have implicitly admitted that he is. They published a facial composite of the suspect with the politically correct warning:
"This image is to be published only in print media in the greater Leipzig area. Publishing this image on the internet, including on social media such as Facebook, is not covered by the court's manhunt order (Beschluss zur Öffentlichkeitsfahndung) and is therefore prohibited."
The effort to censor information about the rape, in which German officials show themselves to be more concerned about protecting the identity of the rapist than the welfare of the victim or other girls he might attack, is almost unprecedented in Germany.
To its credit, the Berlin-based newspaper, Bild, responded: "BILD is ignoring this request. We want to ensure that the suspect is arrested as quickly as possible." Indeed, Bild has been one of the only newspapers in Germany even to publish not only the image but also report the story of this rape.
Violent crime — including rapes, sexual and physical assaults, stabbings, home invasions, robberies, burglaries and drug trafficking — has skyrocketed in Germany since Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed into the country more than one million mostly male migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Few, if any, of the migrants were vetted before being allowed to enter Germany.
Migrants committed 208,344 crimes in 2015, according to a confidential police report leaked to Bild. This figure represents an 80% increase since 2014 and is equivalent to 570 crimes committed by migrants every day, or 23 crimes each hour, in 2015 alone.
The actual number of migrant crimes is far higher, however: the report, produced by the Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA), includes only crimes that have been solved (aufgeklärten Straftaten). According to police statistics, on average only around half of all crimes committed in Germany in any given year are solved (Aufklärungsquote). This implies that the actual number of crimes committed by migrants in Germany in 2015 may have exceeded 400,000.
During the first six months of 2016, migrants committed 142,500 crimes, according to a BKA report released on September 6. This is equivalent to 780 crimes committed by migrants every day, or 32.5 crimes each hour, an increase of nearly 40% over 2015. Again, the 2016 data includes only those crimes in which a migrant suspect has been caught. Crimes similar to the rape in Leipzig would not appear in the statistics because the suspects remain at large.
Migrant crime statistics for all of 2016, when they become available, are likely to show a significant increase over the 2015 numbers. One reason for this is that thousands of migrants who entered the country as "asylum seekers" or "refugees" have gone missing. They are, presumably, economic migrants who entered Germany on false pretenses. Many are thought to be engaging in robbery and criminal violence to sustain themselves.
Most of the crimes committed by migrants are being downplayed by German authorities, apparently to avoid fueling anti-immigration sentiments. For example, the BKA report states that most of the migrant crimes involve fare evasion — using public transportation without a ticket. As for other crimes, almost invariably they are said to be isolated incidents (Einzelfälle), not part of a nationwide problem.
Gatestone Institute has reviewed hundreds of reports of migrant crime in local police reports and local or regional newspapers. The evidence points to a nationwide surge in migrant crime: cities and towns in all 16 of Germany's federal states are affected. In fact, local police in many parts of the country admit that they are stretched to the limit and are unable to maintain law and order.
The growing sense of lawlessness is substantiated by an October 24 YouGov poll which found that 68% of Germans believe that security in the country has deteriorated during the past several years. Nearly 70% of respondents said they fear for their lives and property in German train stations and subways, while 63% feel unsafe at large public events.
In Hamburg, statistics show that migrants committed nearly half of the 38,000 crimes reported in Hamburg during the first six months of 2016, although migrants make up only a fraction of the city's 1.7 million inhabitants. Police say that many of the crimes were committed by "migrant gangs" (ausländischen Banden).
City police say they are helpless to confront a spike in crimes committed by young North African migrants. Hamburg is now home to more than 1,800 so-called unaccompanied minor migrants (minderjährige unbegleitete Flüchtlinge, MUFL), most of whom live on the streets and apparently engage in all manner of criminal acts, including purse snatching.
More than 20,000 purses are snatched in Hamburg every year. Most of those are stolen by males between the ages of 20 and 30 who come from the Balkans or North Africa, according to Norman Großmann, the director of the federal police inspector's office in Hamburg. In recent months, police have carried out operations (here and here) to confront the problem, but the actions have yielded few arrests.
Local media report that gangs of migrant youth have effectively taken over parts of the Jungfernstieg, one of the most prestigious boulevards in Hamburg. Many citizens are avoiding the area, which recently underwent a multi-million euro rehabilitation, because it has become too dangerous.
More than 50 people have been physically assaulted along the Jungfernstieg since the beginning of 2016, and police are being called in almost daily to respond to complaints of aggressive begging, public drunkenness, drug dealing and sexual assault. Restaurant owners are complaining about a spike in robbery and vandalism, and taxi drivers say they are avoiding the area, where Arabic and Farsi are commonplace.
The newspaper, Die Welt, reported that unaccompanied minor migrants at a refugee shelter in the Hammerbrook district are "working" at the Jungfernstieg. Stashes of mobile phones, laptops and other stolen goods were recently found hidden in their rooms. Police also arrested a 20-year-old Egyptian named Hassan who repeatedly attacked passersby with a knife. He was filmed groping a girl's breasts and genitals. When she resisted, he punched her in the face.
Residents of the Alsterdorf district in Northern Hamburg have asked their mayor to do something about a group of 40 highly aggressive unaccompanied minor migrants who are terrorizing the neighborhood. Residents complain about burglaries, robberies and even extortion. A 65-year-old resident said she was attacked by a ten-year-old who was trying to break into a car. A 45-year-old business owner said he is afraid to confront the youths because they might smash his windows. A 75-year-old pensioner said he no longer dares to step outside of his house after dark.
Thomas Jungfer, the deputy director of the German Police Union (DPolG) in Hamburg, warns that the city does not have enough police officers to maintain law and order. He says that private security companies are needed to fill in the gaps. "Dissatisfaction among our colleagues is growing," he said.
In nearby Bremen, police have effectively surrendered the fight against organized crime run by clans from the Balkans and Kurdistan because of the need to pour limited personnel resources into the fight against spiraling street crime by unaccompanied migrant youths.
Rainer Wendt, head of the German Police Union (DPolG) has criticized city officials for their lack of resolve. "Bremen has capitulated to extremely dangerous clans. The state's monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force [Gewaltmonopol des Staates] is now becoming the law of the jungle. Security continues to go down the drain."
In Berlin, criminal migrant clans "with strong group loyalties" are operating with impunity in the districts of Neukölln, Wedding, Moabit, Kreuzberg and Charlottenburg. The newsmagazine, Focus, reported that the Kottbusser Tor area in Kreuzberg, an area with many migrants, has become a "legal vacuum" because of a reduced police presence. The place has been overrun with drug trafficking, crime and violence, and residents and shopkeepers report crimes every hour, every day on public streets. A shopkeeper said: "In the past, children could run around here freely. Also, no one paid attention to whether the bag or backpack are secure. Today all this is no longer possible."
According to Focus, "During the day the area is full of heroin corpses, and at night pickpockets are on the go." A private security guard said:
"Drug trafficking takes place right before our eyes. If we intervene, we are threatened, spat on, insulted. Sometimes someone whips out his knife. They are always the same people. They are ruthless, fearless and have no problems with robbing even the elderly."
His colleague added: "Of course, we always call the police. The last time, however, they took two hours to get here."
In the Rhine-Ruhr region, the largest metropolitan region in Germany, police statistics show that Algerians committed more than 13,000 crimes in 2015, more than twice as many as in 2014. Moroccans committed 14,700 crimes, and Tunisians more than 2,000 crimes.
In North Rhine-Westphalia, a report by the interior ministry revealed that Moroccans committed 6,208 crimes in 2015. Algerians committed 4,995 crimes and Tunisians 1,084. These are significant increases compared to previous years.
According to the NRW Interior Ministry, "Immigrants from North African are increasingly disproportionate as offenders — mainly in large cities. The suspects are most often single young men. Their criminal specialties are robbery and assault."
In Düsseldorf, local politicians have been accused of ignoring the growing threat posed by violent gangs of migrants from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. The city is home to a total of 2,244 criminal suspects from North Africa, the majority of them (1,256) from Morocco. On average, they commit an offense every 3.5 hours. A police inspector said: "The group as a whole is disrespectful and absolutely without shame."
In Stuttgart, police are fighting a losing battle against migrant gangs from North Africa who are dedicated to pickpocketing. In the Rems-Murr district near Stuttgart, rival gangs of migrant youth from the Balkans are "stealing anything that is not nailed down." Roma and Kosovar youth skip school to go on daily forays systematically to break into cars to steal cell phones and other valuables. They also enter doctor's offices, residences for the elderly, kindergartens and schools to ransack handbags and jackets.
In Aalen, a 14-year-old Kosovar has a police file with more than 100 entries. A local newspaper reports: "All attempts by the police, judiciary and youth welfare office to instill in him a sense of right and wrong and to re-socialize him have so far failed. On Facebook he brags about his undertakings and his love for gangster rap."
In Leipzig, the public transportation system has become a magnet for criminals. The number of reported cases of theft on public transport jumped 152% between 2012 and 2015. The number of physical and sexual assaults on public transportation are also up. Overall, the number of reported crimes in buses and trams jumped 111% between 2012 and 2015, and the number of reported crimes at bus stops during that period were up by 40%.
Leipzig police attribute the spike in crime to the rapid increase in the city's population. They could not confirm the nationality of the perpetrators, however, because that would require a review of each of the crimes, a task that would "exceed the personnel-time capacity."
In Dresden, migrants from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia have effectively taken control over the iconic Wiener Platz, a large public square in front of the central train station. There they sell drugs and pickpocket passersby, often with impunity. Police raids on the square have become a game of "whack-a-mole," with a never-ending number of migrants replacing those who have been arrested.
In Schwerin, roving bands of migrant youths armed with knives have made the city center increasingly dangerous day and night. City officials have drawn up an action plan to regain control of the streets. A centerpiece of the plan calls for the deployment of more social workers (Straßensozialarbeit) to promote integration.
In Bavaria, Sigrid Meierhofer, the mayor of the resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen complained that local police have responded to more migrant-related crimes during the past six weeks than in all of the previous 12 months combined. In a letter to the Bavarian government, she threatened to close a shelter in the town that houses 250 mostly male migrants from Africa if public safety and order cannot be restored. She has also warned female residents of the town to avoid being outside after dark.
In a bestselling book, Tania Kambouri, a German police officer, describes the deteriorating security situation in Germany due to migrants who she says have no respect for law and order. In an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio, she said:
"For weeks, months and years I have noticed that Muslims, mostly young men, do not have even a minimum level of respect for the police. When we are out patrolling the streets, we are verbally abused by young Muslims. There is the body language, and insults like 'sh** cop' when passing by. If we make a traffic stop, the aggression increases ever further, this is overwhelmingly the case with migrants.
"I wish these problems were recognized and clearly addressed. If necessary, laws need to be strengthened. It is also very important that the judiciary, that the judges issue effective rulings. It cannot be that offenders continue to fill the police files, hurt us physically, insult us, whatever, and there are no consequences. Many cases are closed or offenders are released on probation or whatever. Yes, what is happening in the courts today is a joke.
"The growing disrespect, the increasing violence against police.... We are losing control of the streets."
According to Freddi Lohse, Vice Chairman of the DPolG German Police Union in Hamburg, many migrant offenders view the leniency of the German justice system as a green light to continue delinquent behavior. "They are used to tougher consequences in their home countries," he said. "They have no respect for us."
Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. He is also Senior Fellow for European Politics at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos / Strategic Studies Group. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter.
Murders, Sexual Assaults and Rapes by Migrants in Germany, October 2016.
German crime reports use a variety of politically correct euphemisms to describe foreign suspects without using the terms "migrant" or "Muslim migrant."
October 1. Two "southern-looking" (südländische Erscheinung) men raped a 23-year-old woman in Lüneburg. The woman was walking in a park with her young child when the two men approached from behind. The men forced the child to watch while they took turns attacking her mother. A "southerner speaking Arabic" (Südländer, sprach Arabisch) attempted to rape a 34-year-old woman in Volksgarten. The man ran away when the woman pushed her fingers into his eyes. A "southerner" (südländische Erscheinung) pulled a knife on a 12-year-old girl in Kirchdorf. A "southerner" (südländischen Teint) exposed himself to two girls, aged eight and ten, in Legden.
October 2. A 19-year-old migrant from Morocco raped a 90-year-old woman as she was leaving a church in downtown Düsseldorf. Police described the suspect as "a Southern European with North African roots." It later emerged that the man is a Moroccan with a Spanish passport. A migrant from Africa (dunkler/afrikanischer Typ) sexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman in Altötting.
October 3. A "southerner" (südländisch ausgesehen) attempted to kidnap a 14-year-old girl in Landau. The man ran away when the girl activated an electronic whistle (akustischen Notfallstick).
October 4. A "southerner" (südländisches Erscheinungsbild) exposed himself to two children, aged 8 and 10, in a playground. A 15-year-old girl from Goldbeck pulled a knife on a 16-year-old migrant from Afghanistan who repeatedly harassed her.
October 5. A migrant from Syria sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl who was on a walk with her grandmother in Gießen. A "southerner" (südländisch aussehenden Täter) sexually assaulted two girls, aged 16 and 17, in front of a train station in Böblingen. A "dark-skinned" (dunklere Haut) man sexually assaulted a 30-year-old woman on a bike path in Oberursel. A "dark-skinned" (dunkler Hautfarbe) man sexually assaulted a 21-year-old woman in Ulm.
October 7. A migrant from North Africa sexually assaulted a 25-year-old woman in downtown Stuttgart.
October 8. A 26-year-old asylum seeker from Syria attempted to rape a 36-year-old woman in a park in Böblingen. A 25-year-old Syrian groped a 15-year-old girl in Moers. The girl responded by slapping the man in the face. The man called the police and complained that the girl had assaulted him. He was arrested for sexual assault. A drunk 33-year-old "migrant from the Middle East" (Zuwanderer aus dem Nahen Osten) sexually assaulted a woman in Krefeld.
October 10. A 26-year-old asylum seeker from Pakistan sexually assaulted a 24-year-old woman in Bad Hersfeld. A "dark-skinned" (dunkelhäutig) man assaulted a 21-year-old woman on a train in Stuttgart.
October 11. A migrant groped and fondled a seven-year-old girl on a bus in Demen. A "North African" groped four girls on the subway in Mannheim. A "southern-looking" (südländisches Aussehen) man sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman in Wesel. A 31-year-old migrant from Syria exposed himself to a 24-year-old woman in Markgröningen. A "southern-looking" (südländisches Aussehen) man exposed himself to two 14-year-old girls in Kevelaer.
October 12. Two "southern-looking" (südländisches Aussehen) man sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl at a bus stop in Weikersheim. A 21-year-old migrant from Libya sexually assaulted a woman in Leipzig. A man speaking German with an accent assaulted a 36-year-old woman in Siegen.
October 13. A 19-year-old migrant from Pakistan physically assaulted an 18-year-old woman in Monschau. As police were taking the man to the station, he head-butted a female officer. A "dark-skinned" (dunkelhäutige Mann) man exposed himself to a 16-year-old girl in Aichach. A 33-year-old migrant from Iraq was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for raping a 55-year-old woman in Heilbronn. A 20-year-old migrant from Mali was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 42-year-old woman in Munich.
October 14. A "southern-looking" (südländisches äußeres Erscheinungsbild) man sexually assaulted a seven-year-old girl at a park in Ahaus. A man with an Arabic tattoo groped two 11-year-old girls at a public swimming pool in Gronau. Two men with "very dark skin" (sehr dunkle Hautfarbe) sexually assaulted two teenage girls in Bad Hersfeld. A "southerner" (südländisch) assaulted a 23-year-old woman in Wilhelmshaven.
October 15. A "dark-skinned" (dunklen Teint) man in his twenties sexually assaulted a 77-year-old woman in Bothfeld. Police believe the same man is responsible for four other assaults in the town that occurred in July, September and early October. Just days after arriving in Germany, three Afghans aged 17, 24 and 29 sexually assaulted two 14-year-old girls at a public swimming pool in Gronau. Two 18-year-old migrants from West Africa raped two 18-year-old women in Bremen. A man "apparently of foreign origin" (offenbar ausländischer Abstammung) physically assaulted a woman in front of the train station in Oranienburg. When a 32-year-old passerby intervened to protect the woman, he was attacked by the migrant, who remains at large.
October 16. A 16-year-old boy and his 15-year-old girlfriend were walking along the banks of the Alster, a lake in the heart of Hamburg, when a stranger ambushed him from behind and plunged a knife into his back. The attacker then pushed the girl into the water and walked away. The girl survived but the boy died of his wounds. The suspect, a "southern-looking" (südländischer Erscheinung) man in his early twenties, remains at large. Police say the victims were not robbed and there is not evident motive for the crime: The suspect appears to have randomly stabbed the boy just because he felt like it. On October 29, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the murder, but German police say they doubt that claim. Also on October 16, a 31-year-old migrant from Pakistan raped a 26-year-old woman at a park in Dresden.
October 18. A "southerner" (südländischer Typ) sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman in Hildesheim.
October 19. A 29-year-old migrant from Syria appeared in court on charges of sexually molesting ten children in Freiburg and Müllheim. The father of one of the victims took a photograph of the suspect, but police waited ten days before acting on the lead.
October 22. An 18-year-old migrant from Somalia murdered an 87-year-old woman in Neuenhaus.
October 24. Seventeen migrants surrounded two women and sexually assaulted them near the central train station in Freiburg. Only three of the men, all from Gambia, were arrested, and they have been released. The crime is similar to the taharrush gamea "collective sexual harassment" that occurred in Cologne and other German cities on New Year's Eve, when large groups of migrant males surrounded females and sexually assaulted them.
October 27. A ten-year-old girl was raped while she was riding her bicycle to school in Leipzig. Police published a facial composite of the suspect with the politically correct warning: "This image is to be published only in print media products in the Leipzig region. Publishing it on the Internet, including on social media such as Facebook, is not covered by the court order and is therefore not allowed." Two men speaking broken Germany sexually assaulted a woman in Fürstenzell.