Sweden seeks tougher penalties for burglars

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Sweden seeks tougher penalties for burglars

Sweden’s Justice Minister Beatrice Ask claimed on Monday to be unsatisfied with the country’s police force, pointing to a drop in effectiveness despite increased funding, and arguing for stricter penalties for burglars.


Since 2006, the proportion of crimes solved by Swedish police has sunk, despite a multi-billion kronor (1 billion kronor = $149 million) injection of funding.

“Of course I am not happy and I am also demanding better results,” Ask told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper (DN).

Swedish police have solved only 3 percent of thefts and home break-ins since 2006, and in order to reverse the trend, Ask is looking to have more police on the beat and stricter penalties for home break-ins.

“I am worried about the break-ins, among other things. A problem is that the penalty is low, and we’re now looking at increasing it for residential and holiday home burglary. This also means the police have more incentive to fight against it,” she explained.

According to the National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen), Swedish police are less effective now than in recent years, with productivity taking a nosedive.

Ask stressed that the police and not the government were to blame for the slump.

“It's the police who are responsible for criminal investigations and more. On the contrary, we are working very hard on this,” she said.

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