The ankle monitors send a signal to the police if the person is too close to the victim's home. Photo: Per Ydreskog/TT.

Ankle monitors not yet used to protect victims

No one has yet to be ordered to wear an electronic ankle monitor as part of their restraining order despite that the option has existed for almost three years, Swedish Radio News reports.

The law was changed in 2011 to protect victims of harassment and stalking, but also to make it easier for the police to monitor people with restraining orders. The ankle monitors send a signal to the police if the person is too close to the victim's home. But despite that this was included in the law almost three years ago, no one has yet been ordered to wear an ankle monitor.

"We estimate that about three cases every year will lead to that someone has to wear an ankle monitor," Ylva Evers of the National Police Board says and adds that very few people will be ordered to wear ankle monitors because it requires a high degree of stalking or harassment.

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