The Federal Government considers the continuous improvement of internal security as one of its most important tasks. This was clearly expressed by the government in the guidelines of the coalition agreement "A firm stand against crime and its causes".
The development of effective approaches for finding solutions in dealing with crime demands that the crime situation and the problems related to it be taken stock of as comprehensively as possible. The existing statistics for crime and for the administration of criminal justice already provide extensive information
for this purpose. Clearly more satisfactory answers to (topical) questions of internal security can nevertheless be gained from a comparative study of this pool of data, taking into consideration scientific analyses and findings. The Federal Government has therefore decided to put together a scientificallybased, comprehensive report about the security situation in the Federal Republic of Germany.