Numbers indicate that Sweden is now a hotbed of crimes, ranging from sexual offenses to fraud. This can be statistically proven by a survey that indicates that 15.6 percent of Swedes suffered one or more offenses last year.
The numbers prove that there’s an upward trajectory of Swedes who’ve been victims of crimes of the above crimes. The survey, which was conducted by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, also gave insights which indicate that there’s an increase in the number of victims from 13.3 percent in 2015 and the highest number recorded since the annual Swedish Crime Survey started in 2006.
A report issued by the council also revealed that the last two years have shown an increase in the number of offenses against individuals compared to the period from 2005 to 2014, which ranged from 11.3 percent to 13.1 percent.
The agency called out crimes such as harassment, fraud, and sexual offenses, adding that the three have had significant development in the past few years. Shockingly, five of the six offenses rose to a record high last year. The records also show that the number of assault cases also reached its second-highest level.
Sexual offenses recorded a 1.7 percent increase in the number of victims in 2015 and to 2.4 percent in 2016 from an average of 0.9 percent between 2005 and 2014.
“Young women aged between 16 and 24 is the group that’s most subject to sexual offenses, with 14 percent of young women stating that they were victims of at least one such crime during 2016,” the council said. “Among men in the same age group, 1.2 percent said they had been victims.”
The council revealed that young women are also subject to harassment to a greater extent. However, the survey did not provide insights as to why certain types of crimes increased, that might call for analysis for such information to be derived.
The survey showed that less than half of the crimes in the survey were reported to the police. Sexual offenses, harassment, and threats were the least reported while people most often notified the police of burglaries.