Re-entry bans stopped 8,500 crimes

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Published 11 July 2024 at 14.55

Domestic. 8,480 crimes linked to international criminal networks were prevented in the southern region by issuing 212-year non-return bans, according to the police.

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Police have in recent years carried out extensive mapping of so-called cross-border crime.

In order to combat this type of crime, for example assault crimes, drunk driving, violent crimes and fraud, police region Syd has initiated a project aimed at foreign criminals. The project aims to increase knowledge and develop effective working methods to combat international crime with the goal of reducing the opportunities for international criminal actors to operate in Sweden.

Through the project and collaboration with the Swedish Migration Agency, the border police unit in the south has streamlined and increased work against international crime network (IBN). So far this year, Region South has prevented 8,480 crimes linked to international criminal networks by issuing 212-year non-entry bans. This figure is based on the police's knowledge of IBN actors, where each actor makes an average of four entries to Sweden per year and commits ten crimes on each occasion.

– The work against IBN is most effective when we gather regional forces and uses the entire police toolbox to reduce the opportunities for international criminal actors to operate in Sweden. Detectives, external service employees, investigators and others contribute directly to the crime-fighting work by using the border police's tools. Through this work, we have a real impact on crime and make a real difference to the citizens, who avoid being exposed to crimes that could otherwise happen to them, says Tomas Sawicki at the Border Police Unit in the South.