SWEDEN HAS BEEN LOST: Police explicitly warn women to NOT go out alone at night, they cannot guarantee safety anymore
Mayor of Ostersund criticises warning that came after woman reports being threatened on Saturday night, the latest incident as country deals with “wave of violence”
Police in the icy Northern Swedish city of Ostersund have warned single women against venturing out alone after dark, following a space of violent attacks, with nine cases reported in less than three weeks.
As yet another attack was reported on Tuesday, the local police chief Stephen Jerand told state broadcaster SVT that he was convinced that his warning, highly unusual in Sweden, had been justified.
“It is always a consideration whether to go out with this kind of thing or not. But we don’t want to sit here for another week and have more crime victims on our desk,” he said.
Police have been strongly criticised for the recommendation with the hugely popular TV criminologist Leif GW Persson calling it “unusually stupid” in his weekly crime show on Tuesday evening.
Ann-Sofie Andersson, Ostersund’s mayor, said police should have discussed the warning with her before issuing it at a press conference on Monday afternoon.
“The solution can never be to not go out because of such a warning. We have very many women who work in home and social care at night for example. What are they supposed to do?” she told SVT.
Mr Jerand said that a woman on Tuesday evening reported that a man had jumped out of his car as she was walking in town at 4.30am on Saturday and then threatened to stab and rape her.
On Monday he and other officers told the media that they were witnessing a spate of violence against women in the city.
“It’s not a normal picture that we’re seeing,” he said, advising women who wanted to move around at night
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