This emerges from the previously unpublished annual report for 2019, on which “Welt am Sonntag” reports in advance. Accordingly, the officials increased the so-called person and property search successes by 22,4 percent to a total of 201.536 hits.
These were, for example, criminals who are advertised for a search - or documents such as stolen or forged ID cards that are being searched for. Federal police officers executed around 50 arrest warrants a day. The Federal Police recorded a total of 576.696 criminal offenses in their area of responsibility in 2019. This means a decrease of 14,2 percent compared to 2018. 21.951 acts were offenses against the Narcotics Act. Here again there was an increase of 15,6 percent. One focal point is the German-Dutch border. One focus of the Federal Police continued to be the action against illegal migration. Overall, the number of unauthorized crossings at the EU's external border fell in 2019. However, it rose on the so-called Eastern Mediterranean route - from Turkey to Greece - by 53 percent compared to the previous year. According to the Federal Police report, the extension of the Balkan route on the German-Austrian land border is considered a “hot spot” for identified unauthorized entries into the Federal Republic. Illegal entry by air is also of importance: the Federal Police regard Greece as the “most important departure country for illegal migration by air”. In 2019, a total of 8.750 people were stopped before departure (30 percent more than in 2018). With a view to Corona, the numbers fell significantly in 2020. According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, federal police on site in Greece prevented around 3.100 unauthorized onward travel to the Federal Republic until August, the newspaper reports.