Most thefts occur in the elderly or disabled person's home. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT.

Few convicted for thefts against the elderly

Theft and financial crimes against the country's elderly rarely lead to a conviction. Only 4 percent of the thefts occurring in the victim's home lead to a conviction, most cases get dropped for lack of evidence, according to figures from the National Council for Crime Prevention.

Every year, thousands of Sweden's elderly get robbed by the very people hired to take care of them, newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports. But out of all the thefts that occur in the victim's home, only 4 percent lead to a conviction.

Former minister and mayor Birgit Friggebo says to the paper that she one day noticed several withdrawals on her 95-year-old brother-in-law's account of almost SEK 9,000, even though he was unable to leave his home.

Friggebo tracked the withdrawals to a teller outside a grocery store and reported the information to the police, who went through the security footage. But despite being able to identify the person who made the withdrawals, it did not lead to a conviction. The man claimed he was asked to do the withdrawals and the case was dropped due to the lack of evidence.

Since 2003 the number of reported thefts taking place in seniors and disabled people's homes has increased by 44 percent, the newspaper reports.

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