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Police target burglary crime wave

Police target burglary crime wave

Published: 20 Nov 2011 09:36 GMT+01:00
Updated: 20 Nov 2011 09:36 GMT+01:00

"We got a hit. Four people have been arrested, and quite a lot of stolen goods have been found," said Johan Johansson, officer on duty at the Halland police force, to news agency TT.

The arrest was followed by a thorough search of a car and a house. The police also suspect narcotics offenses.

The Halland police focused the night's stake-out on Melbystrand and Knäred, the neighbourhoods that have been hardest hit by the recent crime wave. Suspicion arose when they saw a group of people outside a car, and this led to the arrest and the search.

All four arrested were already known by the police.

Halland is one of the regions in Sweden which has been suffering most from the recent wave of break-ins.

"We've had twelve burglaries just since Saturday noon," said Johan Johansson on the night between Saturday and Sunday.

He hopes that this arrest will lead to some of these being solved.

TT/The Local/cg (news@thelocal.se)

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21:04 November 20, 2011 by Abe L
There are some simple solutions for this problem:

a) Do not prosecute people committing crimes against burglars in their own homes, wether it's insulting, hurting or killing them. You're in someone else's house, taking someone else's property, you do not get protection from the law.

b) Greatly increase the penalty for burglary and theft. First time 5 years, second time 10 years, 3rd time life.

That will make people reconsider a few times before trying again.
04:26 November 22, 2011 by waffen
I need more information about the people who are doing the burgling.

Names, ethnicity, and such are needed before I can make a real comment.

As for people caught in the act of burgling, were I to catch one, he would be one nano second away from meeting his maker. That is, regardless of whether the person was as black as coal and not speaking a word of Swedish, or a tall, blue-eyed , blonde Viking carrying an axe and a broadsword. His fate would be the same.
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