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Östersund, Sweden, is the type of place where you leave your doors unlocked and you walk about the streets at night without a worry.

Things are changing in the small town in northern Sweden, and police are now warning residents, especially women, not to walk alone at night.

As Gates of Vienna reports, “Everything has changed since the arrival of ‘refugees’ at asylum centers that are popping up like mushrooms all over the Swedish landscape, even in the most rural areas.”

Since mid-February, six violent crimes – including rape and attempted rape – have been committed by men of “foreign appearance” against women out alone at night in Östersund.

Sweden, with a population of 10 million, welcomed nearly 163,000 migrants and refugees in 2015, more than any other European nation on a per capita basis.

Police say they have never seen anything like it. They are advising women to stay at home at night, and walk in groups if they must go out.

At a televised press conference Monday, police said they “have never seen anything like it in Östersund,” a small town in the north of Sweden with a population of just 45,000.

While there have been assaults in the past, they usually involve drunken men fighting each other. These incidents are different, police chief Stephen Jerand told Sveriges Television.

Watch the televised news conference in Sweden in which police warn women not to leave their homes alone.

These attacks involve up to three male assailants who target a lone woman, and the perpetrators are always sober, Jerand noted.

“In two other cases, it has been individuals. What is also curious is that none of the perpetrators have been intoxicated,” he said. “According to our knowledge, they have been completely sober, which is also odd.”

A reporter asks the police chief if there have been similar incidents in Östersund.

“No, there haven’t been,” he replies.

“There have obviously been some cases over the



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