Swedish Dystopia: No-go zones hire private security firms to compensate for a lack of police

Monday, September 9, 2019
By Paul Martin

9 September 2019

To make up for a lack of police officers, several Swedish no-go zones have been compelled to hire private security firms to help battle rising crime and violence.

According to the Swedish broadcaster SVT, Söderhamn is one of the municipalities which has been forced to hire private security companies due to a lack of municipal police on hand to conduct adequate patrols of the city center. SVT reports that the local government has allocated funds to pay for the private security guards.

Söderhamn isn’t the only municipality that has started doing this. Some of the most infamous no-go zones in the northern suburbs of Stockholm have begun doing the same thing. The districts of Tensta, Järva, Rinkeby, and Husby have invested approximately 70 million Swedish Krona (6.5 million euros) to hire private security firms.

For Social Security Councilor Erik Slottner of the Christian Democrats, security guards would ‘fit well in Järva’.

“They could support the police and help curb drug trafficking. If we overcome drug trafficking and the use of drugs in Järva, it would reduce the number of shootings in the area,” Slottner said.

Close to a year ago, Järva’s local government applied to make certain districts in Järva “LOV 3” areas which permit security firms to work alongside police officers.

Despite the application’s approval last week, many remain skeptical as to whether it will be effective.

Other measures have been taken to combat crime in Järva such as improved lighting in dangerous areas as well as the installment speakers which play loud sounds outside preschools to irritate drug dealers operating in the area.

In 2017, in Husby, a district in Rinkeby-Kista borough in Stockholm, the local government tried to hire a security firm to carry out patrols in the center of the district, but couldn’t find a firm that wanted to take on the contract.

In addition to money spent on private security contracts, the Swedish national government has spent close to 2.2 billion Krona (204 million euros) on fighting ‘segregation’ in migrant enclaves across the country.

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