Oliver Malchow, Chairman of the German Police Officers' Union, told Welt to avoid "premature conclusions regarding the security situation."

Malchow noted that part of the decrease is related to the fact that fewer asylum seekers came to Germany last year compared to the previous year.

In 2016, several hundred thousand refugees were recorded as breaking German border crossing laws when they arrived in the country.

Since the first time nationwide crime statistics were recorded in 1993, a decline as large as this hasn’t been recorded, Malchow added.