Sweden is a country that has, for the most part, upheld a reputation of abundance of resources. However, statistics indicate that the number of vulnerable areas in Sweden has increased by eight.
The increase marks a rise of more than 50 percent, which is up from 15 two years ago. Despite greater resources, Swedish law enforcement agencies are unable to contain the spread of gangs, extremism, and lawlessness in many new urban districts, turning them into virtual no-go zones.
Dagens Nyheter, which is the Swedish newspaper, managed to obtain the classified information, daily Aftonbladet reports. The secret study performed by the National Operations Department (NOA) revealed that the new vulnerable areas are Norrby and Hässleholmen (in Boras), Tynnered, Grevgården, and Opaltorget (in Gothenburg), Karlslund (Landskrona), Nydala, Hermodsdal, and Lindängen (Malmo), Fittja and Alby (Stockholm), and Gottsunda in the city of Uppsala.
The report concludes that the vulnerable areas contain parallel structures of society, therefore, police experience difficulties in fulfilling their mission, which is partly due to an unwillingness of the population to participate in legal proceedings, proximity to other vulnerable areas, and violent religious extremism.
NOA’s research indicated that many citizens of the, usually migrant-dominated, neighbourhoods won’t talk to police, because they fear reprisals by gang members or because they think nothing will be done anyway.
Operation Sea-fire was initiated by the police last year as part of the struggle to cope with the criminal gangs. More officers were deployed to the streets, in addition to projects consisting of video surveillance and wearable cameras.
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