Crime prevention work
in Sweden

Current status and development needs 2018

English summary of Brå publication Det brottsförebyggande arbetet i Sverige.

During 2017, a large number of local crime prevention measures were undertaken by the police and municipalities, as well as by parties in the commercial sphere and civil society. The purpose of this report is to provide a view of crime prevention work in Sweden.

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The local initiatives reflect, among other things, a broad spectrum of measures with both a situational and a social focus. In many places, the commercial sphere and civil society are involved in the crime prevention work.

Industries such as retail, property ownership, public transport, and event organisation participate in the local work in various ways and are identified as important collaboration partners by crime prevention coordinators and municipality police officers. It can also be observed that commercial parties not only participate in the local working process, but also conduct a number of crime prevention and safety-creating initiatives. Brå's new mandate, together with the county administrative boards' mandate, commenced during 2017. One can see the start of a positive trend, but more time is needed to investigate the success of the work's impact on crime prevention work.

However, it is Brå's continued assessment that crime prevention work is generally given low priority. When there is no national coordinator in the area, there are reasons to try other routes, such as legislation or allocation of funds. Brå is also of the opinion that there is a significant need for additional knowledge among crime prevention parties. There are also reasons to develop the work on the basis of differences between various municipal groups and to improve the balance between social and situational crime prevention work.

© The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention, 2018
Authors: Malin Jonsson and Johan Lindblad


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