Elisabeth Anestad, local police chief in western Stockholm. Photo: Ramin Farzin/Sveriges Radio.

Police to increase numbers in Stockholm suburbs

"If we get some of these criminals, young people won't follow suit"
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There are plans to triple the number of police in the Stockholm suburbs of Tensta and Rinkeby, Swedish Radio News reports, with police claiming gang criminality is "disturbing the whole area".

25 police officers currently work in the area, that number will soon go up to 75. Elisabeth Anestad, local police chief in western Stockholm, says that the new personnel will target their work to combat career criminals. 

"There are about 200-300 individuals who are career criminals in these areas. They don't have jobs, they break into apartments and sell narcotics. So we will have increased surveillance and bring more people to court. Hopefully this will make these areas safer for the people living there," Anestad says to Radio Sweden. 

Anestad says drug crimes, assault, robbery, threats against witnesses and "demonstrations of power" are scaring off businesses from the area. 

"This is a threat to our society. People are not able to have their shops in the area anymore. To get shops and restaurants to move back we need to improve the safety here," she says. 

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