SWEDEN IN CHAOS: Number of ‘No-Go Zones’ INCREASED as Police Lose Control over Violence
SWEDISH police are losing the battle against increasing levels crime and violence in the country as now 55 areas have been labelled as “no-go” zones.
In February Express.co.uk reported the Scandinavian country has seen a huge surge in crime since the start of the migrants crisis in Europe with a rise in sex assaults, drug dealing and children carrying weapons.
The force’s increased lack of control in the country was revealed in a report by Sweden’s National Criminal Investigation Service, where attacks on officers were detailed, including police cars being stoned by masked groups.
At the time around 50 areas were put on a “blacklist” which are then divided into three categories from “risk areas” to “seriously vulnerable”.
The figure has now been increased to 55 as the Swedish police force are facing a crisis, with three officers handing in their notice every day.
It is estimated that 80 per cent of the police officers are also considering changing professions, due to lack of funding and support to tackle the increasing levels of crime.
Speaking to NRK, police officer Peter Larsson said: “We have a major crisis. Many colleagues are choosing to quit.
“We are not investigating crimes, we don’t have time to cover the call-outs we are tasked with.
“A drastically worsened working environment means many colleagues are now looking for other work.”
A regular shift for the Swedish force includes being attacked by thugs who throw stones at the officers and their patrol cars, vehicles being set ablaze, and in some cases personal injuries.
A new report released last week revealed the situation in the country has worsened since the National Criminal Investigation Service’s document emerged in February.
A report entitled ‘A national overview of criminal networks with major impact in the local community’ said it was common place for unattended police cars to be attacked, for police officers to be attacked and to be exposed to threats.
It added drug and gang violence are still flourishing in the no-go zones.
Malmö in south Sweden was one of the cities which was flagged as a particularly hit area in the liberal country.
Over the past three months, Malmö, which is Sweden’s third largest city, has suffered a surge of organised crime as more than 70 cars have burned out in arsonist attacks.
Several other Swedish cities have also been plagued by thugs setting cars ablaze, according to local media.