Every tenth woman afraid to go out
Every tenth woman in Sweden is so worried she’d be subjected to crime, that she refrains from going out in her neighborhood after dark. Women feel much more fear than men, according to a security investigation by Brå (Brottsförebyggande rådet or the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention).

Brå has conducted this investigation annually for almost ten years, and the trend is clear; crime is decreasing in many central areas of the country, and people today are less worried to be subjected to crime than they were in 2005.
Actually, the percentage of people worried over crime in society has gone down from 29 in 2006 to 19 in 2013. Today, a tenth of Swedes are worried to be subjected to abuse, whereas the percentage in 2006 was 15. But when it comes to crimes of abuse and assault, women worry far more than men. Even though women are less worried today, as many as 24% still do worry (the equivalent percentage for men is between 5-10). And every tenth woman stay inside after dark. ”When it comes to feelings of insecurity and worries, I’d say that the difference between men and women is the major societal problem,” says Thomas Hvitfeldt, statistician and investigatior at Brå.
While the worry for crime is decreasing, the confidence in the judiciary system is on a decline. Hvitfeldt and his colleagues at Brå have no explanation for this development. ”We cannot answer that with this investigation,” he says. ”Other type of research is needed for that.”
For more info: www.bra.se

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