The number of police wire taps continues to increase, reports Swedish Radio News. There were nearly twice as many wire taps in 2009 for narcotics investigations as there were in 2008. Police performed surveillance on 1,161 telephones last year.
Arne Andersson, of the National Police Board, said the increase has to do with more criminals using mobile phones, and he said that wire taps were very useful in investigations. Permissions for wire taps are granted by the courts to monitor suspects for crimes whose prison sentence would be at least two years.