• Denmark's news in English
 

Denmark has second most break-ins in Europe

Published: 13 Aug 2014 14:13 GMT+02:00

Break-ins are down slightly in Denmark, but Danes still experience more unwelcome house guests than almost anyone else in Europe. 
 
According to the Danish Crime Prevention Council (Det Kriminalpræventive Råd - DKR), there were 12 percent fewer reported break-ins in the second quarter of 2014 than the year before. 
 
But Denmark remains second to only Greece for the most break-ins in Europe. 
 
“We are very happy that the development is going in the right direction. But we still have a long way to go before we reach an acceptable level,” DKR spokeswoman Lone Harlev said in a press release. 
 
DKR reports that Denmark has 749 reported break-ins for every 100,000 residents in 2013, while there were only 218 in Sweden and 104 in Norway. 
 
“Danish residents aren’t as good as people in other countries at securing their homes with the proper locks and windows or with carrying out neighbourhood watches,” Harlev told The Local. “But not only are we not as good at securing our homes, we also have a lot of valuables and when it is easy to come in, that increases the benefit for the burglar.”
 
DRK said that the decline in break-ins can be attributed to the increased popularity of the neighbourhood watch programme Nabohjælp that was launched in 2012. Harlev told The Local that some 72,000 homes nationwide have signed up for the programme since it began. 
 
“The burglars judge how likely they are to be noticed, so when we keep an eye on each other’s homes and take care of our residential areas together, we also prevent burglaries,” Harlev said. 
 
Harlev said that her organisation advises residents to be aware of fences and hedges that block their homes off from view, giving burglars a place to work. DRK also suggests moving valuable items out of sight. 
 
“We tell people to keep valuables out of view but if you just pull all of the curtains, that can send a message to burglars that no one is home. So you have to find a balance,” she told The Local.  
 
While break-ins are down on the whole, figures from the Danish National Police (Rigspolitiet) reveal that burglaries of summer and vacation homes are up.
 
The biggest decline in break-ins was seen in northern Jutland, where they were down by 22 percent. In the Copenhagen area, there were seven percent fewer break-ins.
 
According to the insurance company Alka Forsikring, the amount stolen in a break-in is on a general increase. In 2012, the average yield of a burglary was 22,053 kroner ($3,953) while in 2013 it was 24,216 kroner ($4,340). 
 
In July, an internal Copenhagen Police document obtained by the tabloid BT revealed that police only investigate thefts when the value of the stolen goods exceeds 100,000 kroner ($18,165).

For more stories about Denmark, join us on Facebook and Twitter

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Roskilde Festival 2015
The Local's not-quite-live Roskilde blog
Paul McCartney played Orange on Saturday night. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix

The Local's not-quite-live Roskilde blog

There is so much going on at the Roskilde Festival that it is hard to stay on top of it all. We are at Denmark's wildest party and will be periodically posting some of the most interesting articles, great photos and much more from this year's event. READ  

Roskilde Festival 2015
RF15: Sustainability never tasted so good
It's not always easy to meet the culinary needs of 130,000 festival guests but Roskilde's organizers provide high-quality, varied eateries for the masses of merrymakers. Photo: Allan Mutuku

RF15: Sustainability never tasted so good

The Roskilde Festival food experience used to be best defined by eating canned tuna in a hot tent but a strong focus on food and sustainability in recent years has led to numerous high-quality, value-for-money organic food options around the festival. READ  

Nude ad removed from buses after public outcry
Photo: Mette Cristine Schou Frandsen/Facebook

Nude ad removed from buses after public outcry

Danish company Movia has been flooded with criticism due to a bus advertisement that many have argued is degrading and offensive to women. READ  

Former Danish PM lied about Iraq war plans
Former Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Photo: Niels Ahlmann Olesen/Scanpix

Former Danish PM lied about Iraq war plans

A new document reveals that Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who was Prime Minister of Denmark in the period leading up to and during the Iraq war, intended to join the US invasion much earlier than he had previously indicated. READ  

Kjærsgaard new speaker of Danish parliament
Former DF leader Pia Kjærsgaard. Photo: Liselotte Sabroe/Scanpix

Kjærsgaard new speaker of Danish parliament

The former Danish People's Party leader is seen as a polarizing figure by her opponents, who argue that she is not fit for the prestigious role. READ  

Danish unions: Ryanair strike from July 18
Photo: Agencja Gazeta/Scanpix

Danish unions: Ryanair strike from July 18

The Danish unions have now formally announced their intent to initiate a strike against Ryanair starting July 18, following yesterday's ruling from the Danish Labour Court allowing them to take 'industrial action' against the airline. READ  

Roskilde Festival 2015
Volunteers at the heart of Roskilde Festival
Anne-Katrine Greenwik Jensen told us she enjoys helping out and the free festival ticket isn't bad either! Photo: Bobby Anwar

Volunteers at the heart of Roskilde Festival

Some 30,000 people volunteer at the Roskilde Festival through their voluntary efforts, it is little wonder that it has grown to the proportions it spans today. READ  

Denmark may introduce more asylum restrictions
Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Scanpix

Denmark may introduce more asylum restrictions

Additional measures may be in store if cutting benefits to asylum seekers and foreigners does not lead to fewer refugees coming to Denmark, Integration Minister Inger Støjberg said. READ  

Denmark-bound jihadist suspects arrested
Marrakesh, Morocco. Photo: Martin Varsavsky/Flickr

Denmark-bound jihadist suspects arrested

The arrests come less than a week after the terrorist attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait. READ  

Danish unions allowed to strike against Ryanair
Ryanair has said that it will appeal the ruling. Photo: Thomas Lekfeldt/Scanpix

Danish unions allowed to strike against Ryanair

The ongoing labour dispute between Ryanair and Danish labour unions took a new turn on Wednesday when the Danish Labour Court ruled in favour of the unions. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Politics
Here is Denmark’s new government
National
Danish theme park rejects racism charge over 'Afrikaland'
Politics
Going solo: Denmark to get one-party government
National
Denmark to finally get some summer heat
International
Russia rehearsed 'takeover' of Denmark
National
The world's 'top country' is... Denmark?!?
Opinion
A little known secret to the Danes' happiness
National
Swedes riled as south becomes 'Danish' again
Politics
Border controls send 'wrong signal', leaders warn
Opinion
Expat, foreigner or something else: How do you define yourself?
National
Give peace a chance: Denmark second most peaceful nation
Opinion
Five summer surprises in Copenhagen
National
Syrian refugees resort to hunger strikes
National
Copenhagen gives bottle collectors 'dignity'
Politics
As it happened: Denmark gets centre-right govt
Opinion
The Danish Way: Why happy endings don’t make us happy
Bupa
Sponsored Article
Healthcare: 9 questions every expat should ask
Politics
David Cameron gets new ally in incoming Danish government
Politics
Folkemødet: Ten fun facts about Denmark's People's Meeting
Politics
ELECTION: Asylum and integration take spotlight
Features
My Danish habits that foreigners just don't get
Politics
Real-life 'Borgen': Ten exciting plots in the Danish election
National
Calls for unity after Muslim cemetery desecrated
National
Copenhagen: The best bicycling city in the world
National
PHOTOS: Danish queen and PM celebrate gender equality
National
Denmark marks 100 years of women's rights
Politics
Seeing is believing: Denmark's most WTF NSFW campaign poster
National
Filming starts for next grisly Nordic Noir treat
Features
Denmark's fabled Bronze Age girl may have been German
National
Danish radio station kills baby rabbit live on air
Features
Denmark's 10 most seen YouTube clips
International
Greenland approves same-sex marriage
Opinion
Let's talk about sex... the Danish way
Culture
Previously unknown Hans Christian Andersen text found in Denmark
Business & Money
Ryanair in juvenile Twitter feud with Copenhagen mayor
Travel
Have Danes made 'the world's most relaxing film'?
National
Collecting unemployment from Denmark while fighting in Syria
Analysis: Denmark's 'sad' position in EU asylum plan
National
Analysis: Denmark's 'sad' position in EU asylum plan
National
Dane's obituary becomes viral sensation
National
PM on faulty Copenhagen shooting claim: 'I was misinformed'
National
For mothers, it doesn't get much better than Denmark
National
Copenhagen man revives Viking ‘forest’ language
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

2,411
jobs available