Sweden reports highest number of murders in fifteen years


The number of murders and rapes in Sweden is surging according to a report of crimes committed in 2017. The report was published today by Crime Organisation Brå .

According to the Brå report, approximately 1.51 million crimes were reported in 2017. That’s an increase of 4,710 compared to 2016.

Several crime categories showed a large increase: There were 7,370 rapes in 2017 an increase of 10 percent over 2016. The number of murders was the highest since 2002 when Brå started measuring crime statistics.

In 2017, there were 113 cases of murder, an increase of 7 cases compared with 2016 when 106 cases were reported. According to Brå the number of murders varied between 68 and 113 cases per year since 2002.

Until 2014, that number was characterised by a downward trend. “In the last three years (2015-2017), the number of cases of fatal violence has been higher than in previous years; the previous downward trend has been reversed,” the agency writes.

Firearms were used in more than one third (35 per cent) of the reported murders. The number of murders with firearms increased from 30 to 40.

Most of the violence (about 75 per cent) occurred in the metropolitan areas of Stockholm, West and South. In the city itself, violent crime doubled (from 26 to 50 cases).

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