Crime falls after Södertälje gang arrests
As prosecutors wind up their case in the trial of Sweden’s alleged biggest criminal gang ever, Swedish Radio News reports that crime in their community has sharply decreased since they were arrested.
The 17 suspects are on trial in Södertälje, just south of Stockholm, an area where one in four of the population are members of the Syriac migrant community.
Following their arrests, the number of cases of intimidation and weapons crimes has dropped by 35 percent, compared to the same period last year.
The number of car thefts in the area has dropped by 30 percent.
Local resident Lars-Erik Hanhart tells Swedish Radio News there’s another atmosphere in the community, with neighbors talking to each other more, and children outside playing more. The weekly sounds of gunshots, he says, have ceased.