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CRIME

Swedish police test online crime reporting

Uppsala residents are the first in Sweden to test a new method of reporting crimes to the police - via the internet.

The trial comes as a result of the new national incident report number, 114 14, receiving 30% more calls than expected since it was introduced six months ago.

That number, for more minor incidents, was designed to take the load off the 112 emergency number. But according to Svenska Dagbladet there were 150,000 calls to the new number in July, resulting in waiting times of 10-12 minutes. The target was an answer within three minutes.

Now the National Police Board wants to divert the less serious of the less serious incidents through a simple web site.

“Above all it should improve the service so you don’t have to sit in a telephone queue or get yourself to a police station to make a report,” said Joakim Jansson, head of Uppsala police’s contact centre.

But the improved service will not apply to the more serious crime reports.

“This is mainly for lost items or simple thefts. It’s not appropriate to report some crimes, such as robberies, in this way since we might need to deal with them immediately or ask more questions,” said Jansson.

If you want to report a crime you will first have to fill out as much personal information as possible, with contact details and the all-important personal ID number.

Once you have submitted details of the loss or theft you will get a receipt confirming all the information you have sent to the police.

The new reporting page will be up and running in the autumn and Marianne Stenstedt, who is leading the police board’s internet project, said that in the spring the method could be available in all police districts.

“This is going to be rolled out across the country throughout 2006 assuming it works well – and we think it will,” she said.

Sources: Svenska Dagbladet

POLITICS

Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

Sweden's Christian Democrats have called for tougher sentences for sex offenders and making release conditional on chemical castration.

Swedish party leader calls for chemical castration of sex offenders

The Swedish Christian Democrats (KD) leader has called for the chemical castration of certain sex offenders as part of plans for a tougher grip on sexual crime and punishment in Sweden.

Speaking to the Swedish parliament on July 1st, KD party leader Ebba Busch said, “Every day, 27 rapes are reported. How many days must pass before the government takes action?”

“Today we propose that rapists and people who commit sexual crimes against children should be able to be chemically castrated.”

The controversial chemical castration proposal was the headline grabbing soundbite in a broader set of proposals to recalibrate the structure of Sweden’s sexual crime sentencing.

Among KD’s proposed sentencing changes is a life sentence for the aggravated rape of a child, the removal of automatic conditional release for sex offenders, and an increase in the sentence for aggravated rape up to a maximum of 25 years.

In addition, they want a “monitoring period” for convicts who have been released, equivalent to one third of the sentence served.

They also want to establish a national knowledge centre for sexual violence where people who feel that they have “problematic sexuality” can receive support. The center must also “be able to administer chemical castration on a voluntary basis to those who are concerned about unwanted sexual thoughts and impulses and have a compulsive sexuality”.

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Chemical castration, she suggested, should be implemented as a condition of release for some sexual offenders. “It may mean that if a person like Nytorgsmannen is to be able to become a free man, a chemical castration must have taken place before the release,” Busch said, referring to Andreas Holm, a man sentenced in 2021 for 35 different crimes including 24 rapes.

But this is not the first time the Christian Democrats have toyed with the idea of chemical castration as a form of legal punishment. As far back as 20 years ago, under former leader Alf Svensson, the right-wing party raised the idea of conditional chemical castration of rapists and pedophiles.

At the time the proposal was rejected by all other parties.

Chemical castration, the process of preventing sex hormone production through chemicals, can reduce sexual libido but the effects on those with deviant behaviours are relatively unknown.

Chemical castration can also prove costly as it is not a one-off treatment but rather requires regular interventions, which means the police would be reliant on those sentences to chemical castration making regular trips to the authorities for further treatment.

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