The Israeli Police released its crime statistics for 2008 on Tuesday, reporting an overall drop in criminal activity across the country over the past 12 months.
The report did, however, indicate a discontenting rise in youth violence and drug-related offenses.
The data showed a 4% drop in sex crimes, including a 4% drop in rapes and a 6% drop in indecent acts.
Violent crimes were down 4.8% in 2008, but there was an increase in murder cases, from 118 in 2007 to 122 in 2008. Eleven of those were spousal homicides.
Israel saw fewer break-ins in 2008 as well, as reported burglaries in the business sector dropped 16% and home invasions dropped by 13%. Car thefts also dropped in 2008, decreasing by 13%.
But not all of the data was encouraging: The report indicated a 14% rise in drug-related cases and youth violence, stating that 3,582 investigations into teenage violence in schools were opened in 2008.
The Department also noted, proudly, that it did not have a budgetary deficit in 2008. The police recently asked the government for an additional budget of $226.87 million, meant to support personnel additions, various projects and payroll.