Violent crime reports increase

The number of violent crimes reported in Sweden is rising, while the number of reported thefts is falling, according to new statistics from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, Brå.

Some 905,000 crimes were reported to law enforcement agencies between January and September, according to Brå’s preliminary statistics. The figures represent a fall of 2 percent compared with the same period last year.

Thefts and misappropriations, which account for nearly half of reported crime, fell by 8 percent.

Over 59,000 violent crimes were reported during the period, six percent more than during the same period last year. The number of reported assaults has increased markedly.