Polish-German cross-border police unit enjoys success

Argus, a police unit operating in the German-Polish border town of Goerlitz and specialising in cross-border crime, has been a success, according to Germany's dpa news agency.

Established in 2019 and boasting about 60 investigators, the unit deals mainly with car thefts and break-ins. Roland Woeller, the interior minister of the German state of Saxony, has praised its "remarkably high" crime-clear-up rates.

Out of 323 known crimes last year, over 200 have been resolved, representing a clear-up rate of 61.7 percent. In all, 77 suspects were identified.

According to the police, the number of crimes against property fell in Goerlitz by 8.6 percent, between 2018 and 2020, to a total of 2,460 cases. The decline is most noticeable in cases of car theft, which are down 40 percent (70 stolen vehicles).

"I am impressed by Polish-German co-operation in using the most modern technology," the president of the German state of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, said.

"The 120-kilometres along the border with Poland are especially important for us because criminal activity is relatively high here," the head of Argus, Martin Reiner, was reported as saying by dpa, on Thursday.