Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Blackmail on the rise

Share this article

08:16 CEST+02:00
Swedish business leaders are three times more likely to be exposed to blackmail now than they were ten years ago, according to a new report from police authorities.

A decade ago police recorded a nationwide total of 447 cases of blackmail. The corresponding figure for 2006 was 1,240, Göteborgs-Posten reports.

"Blackmail has risen sharply in recent years. It is a serious form of crime, which we in the police force need to tackle," Thord Modin, head of police intelligence, told the newspaper.

Police sent questionnaires on the subject to 10,000 companies around the country, of which 3,660 replied. According to police there were 950 cases that could be categorized as serious extortion.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

From our sponsors

Swedish for programmers: Tailored Swedish courses for techies

How do you get a job in Sweden's competitive tech industry if you're new to the country and don't speak the language? Enter SFX-IT, a specialised language course tailored for foreign techies living in Sweden.