Fear of crime on the decline

Fewer Swedes feel unsafe, according to a recent survey. Yet one in ten of the women polled still reported staying indoors in the evening, because of a fear of being attacked.

The Swedish Council for Crime Prevention (BRÅ) says this year's poll shows the highest level of security since the surveys began in 2006.

But there is a major gender gap. When going out in the evening in their own neighbourhood just six percent of men reported feeling unsafe, while 24 percent of women felt unsafe, in the same situation. Plus one in ten women choose to stay indoors rather than face the streets in the evening.

About one in ten Swedes report being affected by crime. Most common are threats and harassment, least common are sex crimes, robbery or serious assault.

The survey is based on interviews with 13,000 people aged 16-79.

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