The number of reported cases of child abuse and child pornography reached record highs in 2016, according to National Police Agency figures released Thursday. The agency attributed the rise to increased awareness among citizens and stepped up police enforcement.

Police reported 54,227 cases of suspected abuse against minors aged below 18, up 46.5 percent from the previous year and topping the 50,000 mark for the first time since comparable statistics became available in 2004.

Cases of psychological abuse came to nearly 40,000, accounting for more than 60 percent of the total.