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Many Armored Car Robberies in Sweden

Published måndag 7 november 2005 kl 11.38

About half of the ATMs in Sweden’s biggest cities were out of money Monday after a string of armed robberies prompted a government agency to halt cash transports.

The Swedish Work Environment Authority on Friday ordered two security companies to stop cash transport temporarily in parts of the country and to review their security arrangements. The companies, Securitas AB and Falck A/S, were to present plans for improved security on Monday. Heavily armed bandits have attacked security transports in a recent series of robberies.          

The newspaper “Sydsvenska Dagbladet” reports that over the past six years Sweden is fourth in Europe, both in the number of armed car robberies as well as in the value of goods stolen.

The newspaper says between 1998 and 2004 there were 224 armed car robberies here. Only the much more populated Britain, France, and Poland have had more.

The total take was around 56 million dollars.

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