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Shootouts in Skåne, part II

Shootouts in Skåne, part II
Fiream related crime in Sweden

In part I, I stated that from 1st of January and until 6th of March, 2018, there were 7 shootouts in Sweden where six were killed and 3 shot to death.

Today, 20th of May, I give you an update.

This is the statistics of all shootings in Skåne between January 2018, until 20th of May 2018:

Amount of shootouts 12
Wounded 9
Killed 5
Sex of victims All male
Most common city Malmö (7 shootouts)

Shootouts in Skåne

Shootouts in Skåne
Foto: Lisa Horn

It is no surprise that the rate of firearm-related violence in Sweden is highly increasing. Please read two of my previous posts on this notion here and here. According to the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet, BRÅ), Skåne, the southernmost province of Sweden, and its largest city, Malmö, are more affected by shootings and firearm-related violence than any other province and city in the country.

In order to have a clear statistic over the firearm-related violence in the Skåne province, I have since 1st of January 2018 gathered statistics on the rate of shootings based on open-sources (=media), in which at least one person has been wounded or killed.

Kim Walls död

Kim Walls död
Kim Wall, Beslagtagen U-båt samt Peter Madsen.

Det är få som inte hört talas om försvinnandet och nu bortgången av journalisten Kim Wall. En tragisk händelse. Mina tankar går till hennes familj som just nu befinner sig i ett helvete.

Ur ett kriminologiskt perspektiv är Kims försvinnande och numera hennes död, av en sådan art att den väcker uppmärksamhet.

Firearm-related violence in Malmö, Sweden

Firearm-related violence in Malmö, Sweden

For some months ago I published an article in Forensic Sciences Research, about the increasing firearm-related violence in Sweden´s third largest city, Malmö. I concluded that

”Without acute reforms, Sweden risks becoming more violent as the cycle of violence will never be closed, and the criminal climate will continue to harden.”

It is a great pleasure for me to announce that the article has had more than 1000 reads until today.

More shootings in Sweden than rest of Western Europe?

More shootings in Sweden than rest of Western Europe?
Fiream related crime in Sweden

Only some days ago, the American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology, published our paper on 19 victims of homicide and attempted homicide in Sweden.

The curious one is very welcome to read the paper. Please share your views with me.

In this short comment I want to highlight a very interesting finding. The study is conducted in Sweden. What we can see is that knife/sharp weapon is the most common type of weapon used (52.6%). Firearms are used in 36.8% of all cases. This is a very high number for Sweden. Much higher than both its neighbors as well as the rest of Western Europe. The number for Norway is between 19-21%, for Denmark it is between 0.4-19%, Finland lies on 16% and Holland is close to 35%. For other western European countries, the number of fire-arm related homicide is close to 19%. With western European countries we mean UK, France, Germany etc.

In comparison, our study shows a very high number of firearms used in homicide and attempted homicide which is highly troublesome.

And as I am writing this post, I receive news about a new shootout in Malmö, south of Sweden, in the center of the city, in the daylight.