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Few Crimes Reported to Police

Published onsdag 4 juni 2008 kl 09.57

According to the National Council for Crime Prevention most crimes committed in Sweden are never brought to the attention of the police.




A study by the council reveals that complaints are filed in half of all crimes involving property, for only one crime of violence in four, and after just 13 percent of sex crimes. The reason usually given for not going to the police is that many believe they won’t solve the crime anyway.

Swedish Radio News spoke to one shopkeeper who has filed more than 10 police complaints, ranging from burglary to armed robbery, without a single case leading to a conviction. He says he had to wait for six hours for the police to show up after one break-in, because officers weren’t allowed to work overtime.

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