Police respond to rising burglaries in Swedish Lapland

Break-ins during the holiday seasons are a worry. (Photo: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images)
  • In north Lapland, people are most afraid of home burglaries so the police have set up an organization to react quickly to the crime.
  • During this holiday period, roving gangs often target empty homes and do so even in rural areas.
  • Police say their setup brings together people who can investigate crimes and also gather information on what’s happening, all to be able to act faster.

For more on why home burglaries are on the rise in Swedish Lapland, listen to Radio Sweden’s full report: 

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