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Swedish 'baby boomer' crime on the rise: agency

Swedish 'baby boomer' crime on the rise: agency

Published: 28 Oct 2011 07:58 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Oct 2011 07:58 GMT+02:00

In 2001, the number of suspects in criminal investigations over the age of 50 was about 11,000. By last year, the number had increased to 21,000.

“It reflects the development of society in general. The older generation is more active nowadays. They travel more, they get married later in life – and they commit more crimes,” said Sven Granath, criminologist at Brå, to Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

Fishing offences are at the top of the list of crimes committed by the more mature Swedish criminal at 42 percent.

Meanwhile, 33 percent are suspected of indecent exposure offences and another 33 percent of drunk driving.

In addition, 28 percent have purchased sex and 19 percent are under suspicion for other various sexual offences.

Violent crimes committed by the older generation are uncommon, however.

Only 1.5 percent of the mature suspects are involved in aggravated robbery and one percent are under suspicion of mugging or burglary.

Only two Swedes over 50 have been caught actively defacing public property.

According to Brå, the so called “baby boomers”, people born in the 1940s, are extra likely to commit an offence and are the reason behind why criminal behaviour is on the rise among Sweden’s older generation.

“There is a larger share of them who end up facing criminal charges than in both previous and later generations. They grew up during a time of large scale social upheaval with more drugs about and less social control,” Granath told the paper.

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09:44 October 28, 2011 by HYBRED
Fishing offences??? OMG, we need a NATO intervention for that.

Indecent exposure? I guess a 60yr+ exposing themselves is not a pretty sight. Unless your 70+yrs old.
09:45 October 28, 2011 by salalah
They were Hippies in the 60s, so go figure...
11:42 October 28, 2011 by Opinionfool
The biggest crime committed by these people is fishing!!!!

But surely this is research from the "school of the bleeding obvious". Baby boomer are by definition more numerous than other age groups so they will be committing more crimes.

What maybe news-worthy is the type of crime this group commits. Fishing yes, violent crime very little. Reports like this are filed in the journalists drawer for retrieval during a slow news week.
12:08 October 28, 2011 by Svensksmith
Gotta find some way to have a little fun in your old age.
12:11 October 28, 2011 by fedotovskiy
Yes, Sweden!

You should learn that swedish grandmoms are more dangerous than immigrant youngsters!

When you are walking on the streets you should afraid of swedish grandfathers because they can be drunken! OMG! Try not to meet those guys on the streets!

Instead you should join one of the immigrant gangs in order to protect yourself from elders!

PS. Sometimes news are soooooooooooo stupid, like the newsmakers are from Mars
21:36 October 28, 2011 by Douglas Garner
I cannot help but to wonder how much of the indecent exposure is for urinating in public view?
03:24 October 29, 2011 by Smiling Canuk
This guy Sven Granath who put this report together needs to find a real job. Does he hate his parents or something? LOL! What a jerk.
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