[caption id="attachment_27226" align="alignnone" width="640"] Matrice-Smart City Monaco hackathon. Photo: DC[/caption]
Looking towards the future, the Prince's Government has entered into a partnership with Matrice, an entrepreneurship program at School 42 in Paris, with the goal of developing a Smart City in Monaco.
During this first season, after a 15-day immersion in the Principality, thirty students from several countries thought about ways to enrich the tourism experience in Monaco through new technologies.
The same group met up again at 42 for a hackathon, to generate ideas and concepts, which were then presented yesterday to a multidisciplinary jury, chaired by Serge Telle, Minister of State.
The students whose proposals have been selected by the jury now have 9 months to refine their projects, then create their own startup to implement them and participate in the construction of a Smart City in Monaco.
Monaco’s overall crime rate fell sharply in 2017 from 2016, but within the overall figures are some notable exceptions.
According to the annual crime figures released on Tuesday, January 16, the number of enquiries into money laundering increased over the 12 months to a total of 188, compared to 127 in 2016, an increase of almost 50 percent.
The number of enquiries launched by SICCFIN, the body that investigates money laundering and other major financial crimes increased from 220 in 2016 to 293 in 2017. Meanwhile, the number of thefts through the criminal use of bank cards fell from 25 in the previous year to just eight in 2017.
The only other area in which there was a major jump in delinquency was possession of drugs, which went from 64 cases in 2016 to 121 in 2017. Drug dealing cases remained more or less stable, with five enquiries in 2017 compared to six in 2016.
[caption id="attachment_27299" align="alignnone" width="984"] Photo: Charly Gallo/DC[/caption]
Richard Marangoni, Director of Public Security, presented his New Year greetings in the presence of Prince Albert, Serge Telle, Minister of State, Patrice Cellario, Minister of the Interior, as well as many leading figures in public life, at the traditional ceremony, which this year was held in the conference room of the Oceanographic Museum.
In his address, the Sovereign Prince said: “Security has always been one of the strengths of our country. It is up to us to make a pact to preserve it. Everyone must take part in it: women and men whose noble professional mission is to guarantee it, but, beyond that, everyone, through their discipline, and their understanding of the security measures put in place.”
After having discussed the security situation in 2017 and the implementation of the “Public Safety 2020” plan, including a strengthening of the workforce, Richard Marangoni said that over the 2012-2016 period, general crime had dropped by 28 percent and street crime by 43 percent.
“This trend, while one would have expected some stabilisation, continued in 2017 with a decrease of 1.04 percent for general delinquency and 16.58 percent for delinquency on public roads. Burglaries, meanwhile, fell by 17.14 percent,” he said.
In addition to “Public Safety 2020”, “Monaco, Safe City” is another initiative based on prevention and aimed at strengthening the security architecture of the Principality.
At the end of the ceremony, the Prince Albert presented the Outstanding Services Clasp, for acts of courage and dedication, to 19 police officers who distinguished themselves in 2016 and 2017.