Guns are also twice as common in Malmö in comparison to Gothenburg for similar crimes, according to statistics from Sweden’s National Council on Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet – Brå), the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper reported.
The organization’s figures show that in 2011, firearms were used in 13 cases per 100,000 residents in Malmö, compared with four in Stockholm and six in Gothenburg.
The nationwide figure is two cases per 100,000 residents.
In addition, reported violent crimes involving firearms have more than doubled in Malmö in the last five years – the largest increase in the country.
Meanwhile, reported gun crimes have dropped by six percent in Stockholm over the same period, while in Gothenburg they’ve increased by about 30 percent.
Deputy police commissioner Hans Nordin told SvD that police are hard at work hunting for the perpetrators behind a spate of recent shootings, the latest of which claimed the life of a 48-year-old man on Tuesday night.
“We’ve deployed all the power and resources the Swedish police have. We’ve got what we asked for and are working hard on all these recent murders,” he told the paper.
So far around 200 officers are involved in the investigations into six murders which have taken place in Malmö since August 2011.
One of the main challenges, however, is an unwillingness of members of the pubilc to come to police and testify about crimes they may have witnessed.
“If people don’t tell us what they know, they have to accept that there are a group of people who can remain above the law,” Börje Sjöholm of the Skåne County police told the Sydsvenskan newspaper.
The recent wave of gun violence in Malmö has even prompted Sweden’s YMCA scouting organziation to move its annual meeting from the city to nearby Ystad.
The gathering of roughly 100 scouts aged 15- to 25-years-old was supposed to be held at the Kroksbäck school in Malmö, but the deadly violence in the city made organizers reconsider their pans.
“There’s a general concern, a feeling that we didn’t want to be there. The area feels unpleasant. Ther’e a feeling of insecurity,” scouting official Lucas Lennartsson told the local Skånska Dagbladet newspaper.