Insurance firm issues beach theft warning

Insurance company If is advising Swedes to equip themselves with portable safes to tackle the increasing number of thefts on the nation's beaches. If cites statistics from the National Council for Crime Prevention, which show that last summer's beach crime statistics were up 25 percent on the previous year.

Insurance firm issues beach theft warning
Photo: Hans Kylberg

Now, with the weather finally set to pick up, Swedish residents will soon be marching back to the beaches in great numbers. And with them they will bring not just picnic baskets and swimming gear as in bygone days.

Where thieves of yore might have been lucky to make off with a thermos flask and a prawn sandwich, the current crop of beachcombers can hope to leave the waterside with Gucci sunglasses, a Louis Vuitton bag, an iPod and the odd mobile phone.

And it might not be easy to get an insurance company to pay out for the loss of any of these luxury items.

“Traditional home insurance will only cover theft if people have kept a sufficiently close eye on their possessions,” said Björn Jonason, a product specialist for If, in a statement.

In practice this means that valuables may not be left visible and that bathers should ensure that they take turns when going for a swim.

And while the best advice might be to simply refrain from taking valuables to the beach, If encourages those who prefer not to be without their mp3 players and designer bags to invest in a Yelpie.

A portable safe developed by Australian surfers, the Yelpie is equipped with a motion sensor. Should anybody come too close, a 90 decibel alarm will sound until such time as the the thieves have dropped the loot and the owner has typed in a four-digit PIN code.


Swedish opposition proposes ‘rapid tests for ADHD’ to cut gang crime

The Moderate Party in Stockholm has called for children in so called "vulnerable areas" to be given rapid tests for ADHD to increase treatment and cut gang crime.

Swedish opposition proposes 'rapid tests for ADHD' to cut gang crime

In a press release, the party proposed that treating more children in troubled city areas would help prevent gang crime, given that “people with ADHD diagnoses are “significantly over-represented in the country’s jails”. 

The idea is that children in so-called “vulnerable areas”, which in Sweden normally have a high majority of first and second-generation generation immigrants, will be given “simpler, voluntary tests”, which would screen for ADHD, with those suspected of having the neuropsychiatric disorder then put forward for proper evaluations to be given by a child psychiatrist. 

“The quicker you can put in place measures, the better the outcomes,” says Irene Svenonius, the party’s leader in the municipality, of ADHD treatment, claiming that children in Sweden with an immigrant background were less likely to be medicated for ADHD than other children in Sweden. 

In the press release, the party said that there were “significant differences in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD within Stockholm country”, with Swedish-born children receiving diagnosis and treatment to a higher extent, and with ADHD “with the greatest probability” underdiagnosed in vulnerable areas. 

At a press conference, the party’s justice spokesman Johan Forsell, said that identifying children with ADHD in this areas would help fight gang crime. 

“We need to find these children, and that is going to help prevent crime,” he said. 

Sweden’s climate minister Annika Strandhäll accused the Moderates of wanting to “medicate away criminality”. 

Lotta Häyrynen, editor of the trade union-backed comment site Nya Mitten, pointed out that the Moderates’s claim to want to help children with neuropsychiatric diagnoses in vulnerable areas would be more credible if they had not closed down seven child and youth psychiatry units. 

The Moderate Party MP and debater Hanif Bali complained about the opposition from left-wing commentators and politicians.

“My spontaneous guess would have been that the Left would have thought it was enormously unjust that three times so many immigrant children are not getting a diagnosis or treatment compared to pure-Swedish children,” he said. “Their hate for the Right is stronger than their care for the children. 

Swedish vocab: brottsförebyggande – preventative of crime