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Press release from Ministry of Justice

Measures against car burnings and criminality in vulnerable areas


On Wednesday 17 August, Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson and Minister for Home Affairs Anders Ygeman presented the Government’s measures against car burnings and criminality in vulnerable areas. Reversing the trend requires both long-term welfare initiatives and forceful action against crime.

  • Minister for Home Affairs, Anders Ygeman and Minister for Justice and Migration, Morgan Johansson

    Minister for Home Affairs, Anders Ygeman and Minister for Justice and Migration, Morgan Johansson

    Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

  • Minister for Justice and Migration, Morgan Johansson

    Minister for Justice and Migration, Morgan Johansson

    Photo: Government Offices of Sweden

  • Minister for Home Affairs, Anders Ygeman

    Minister for Home Affairs, Anders Ygeman

    Photo: Gorvernment Offices of Sweden

"The car burnings over the summer were worrying. The fires are invasive for those whose cars are destroyed, but also mean that people are exposed to danger," says Mr Johansson.

"It is unacceptable that the police and emergency services are subjected to attacks. The insecurity and risks that people living in vulnerable areas are exposed to must be combated in all possible ways," says Mr Ygeman.

"Reversing the trend in our vulnerable areas requires continued investments in welfare, long-term crime prevention measures and forceful action against crime here and now," says Mr Johansson.

The Government is taking the following measures to strengthen the ability of judicial authorities to prevent these crimes:

  • Faster legal action: Young people who commit crimes and people who repeatedly commit new crimes are examples of groups where a quick, clearer and legally secure reaction on the part of society is particularly important. The Government wants to conduct a broad review to analyse the possibilities of bringing about faster legal action, where such matters as a fast track for petty crimes and on-call courts will be considered.
  • Tougher penalties for attacks against emergency services staff: A review will be conducted to assess the need for legislative changes to further increase protection for emergency services staff and other important actors in society. This will include considering whether attacks on professional groups tasked with guaranteeing safety, life and health should be seen as being particularly serious.
  • Clear sanctions for young people: New sanctions for young people are needed with regard to serious crime or when a young person repeatedly relapses into crime. These may involve an obligation regarding contact instead of fines, or youth supervision by means of an electronic ankle tag in the case of serious crime.
  • Scale of penalties for inflicting damage: A government inquiry has proposed that such penalties should be designed similarly to other crimes against property and where fines are not included in the scale of penalties for a normal offence. The Government is therefore considering whether the sanctions for the offences 'inflicting damage' and 'gross infliction of damage' should be made more severe.

During the summer, the Prime Minister also presented a long-term reform programme to reduce segregation. A central government delegation has been appointed that is to cooperate with municipalities, civil society, government agencies and researchers. The reform programme will run between 2017 and 2025 and focus on five policy areas:

  1. Combating crime.
  2. Finding a solution to long-term unemployment.
  3. Improving the outcomes of schools and pupils.
  4. Enhancing social services and reducing housing segregation and overcrowding.
  5. Supporting civil society and efforts to promote democratic values.

In addition, the following reforms were presented:

  • Resources for the Swedish Police Authority's inter-agency collaboration in socially vulnerable areas.
  • The Swedish Public Employment Service is tasked with increasing employment among foreign-born women;
  • Support groups to prevent relapsing into crime.
  • Support to preschools where conditions are difficult.
  • Increased support to schools with low learning outcomes Form of tenure in the detailed development plan to reduce housing segregation.
  • Government agency services provided in socially vulnerable areas.
  • Increased support to activities by civil society organisations and municipalities to combat violent extremism.
  • Sport and youth leaders in socially vulnerable areas.

Next year, the Government will invest SEK 110 million in these reforms, a sum that will gradually increase to SEK 250 million from 2020.