Swedish police are losing the battle against violence and crime in the country. They have now labeled 55 areas as “no-go” zones.
In February, Express.co.uk reported the Scandinavian nation seeing a huge surge in crime since the start of the migrant crisis in Europe with a specific rise in sexual assaults, drug dealing and children carrying weapons.
The increased lack of control in the country was revealed in a report by Sweden’s National Criminal Investigation Service, where attacks on officers were detailed, including police cars being stolen by masked groups.
At the time, around 50 areas were put on a “blacklist” which are then divided into three categories from “risk areas” to “seriously vulnerable.”
The figure has now increased to 55 as the Swedish police force are facing a crisis, with three officers handing in their notice every day.
It is estimated tha80 percent of the police officers are considering changing professions, due to lack of funding and support to tackle the increasing levels of crime.
Speaking to NRK, police officer Peter Larsson said: “We have a major crisis. Many colleagues are choosing to quit.
“We are not investigating crimes, we don’t have time to cover the call-outs we are tasked with.
“A drastically worsened working environment means many colleagues are now looking for other work.”
A regular shift for the Swedish force involves being attacked by thugs who throw stones at the officers and their patrol cars, vehicles being set blaze and some cases even involving personal injuries.
A new report released last week shows the situation in the country has gotten worse since the National criminal Investigation service’s document came in February.
A report entitled ‘A national overview of criminal networks with major impact in the local community’ said it was common place for unattended police cars to be attacked, for police officers to be attacked and to be exposed to threats.
It even added drugs and gang violence are flourising in the no-go zones.
Malmö in south Sweden was one of the cities which was flagged as a particularly hit area in the liberal country.
In jut three months, Malmö, which is Sweden’s third largest city, suffered a surge of organized crime as more than 70 cars have burned out in arsonist attacks.
Several other Swedish cities have been plagued by thugs setitng cars abalze, says the local media.