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Reported crime takes dip in Denmark

National crime figures released this week showed that reported crime was down by one percent across the board in the second quarter, with certain crimes dropping significantly.

Reported crime takes dip in Denmark
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New figures from Statistics Denmark show that crimes including assaults and thefts fell nationwide in the second quarter of 2015. The biggest drops were in the number of reported vehicle thefts and sexual assaults, which fell by five and eight percent respectively from the previous quarter. 
 
The drop in reported vehicle thefts follows a trend that has been present for years. The 2,035 reports of stolen vehicles in the second quarter of 2015 was a full 60 percent fewer than in 2008, even though car ownership has increased by six percent during that time period. 
 
Danish police dealt with just 557 reports of sexual assaults in the second quarter, making it the crime with fewest reported cases in that time period. Reported sexual assaults decreased by eight percent from the year’s first quarter. 
 
Violent crimes including murder, attempted murder and assaults were down two percent, with 4,098 reports across Denmark. 
 
The statistics also revealed mixed news for homeowners. Home break-ins were up over the previous quarter but thefts and vandalism were down by two percent.
 
Earlier this year, the Danish National Police reported that national crime levels were “remarkably low” in 2014

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Danish NemID scam victims can apply for compensation

Victims of scammers who trick their victims through misuse of the NemID online identity system can now apply for compensation.

Danish NemID scam victims can apply for compensation

Scams in which callers trick their victims into handing over NemID information – the login system used to access banking, public services and other secure online platforms in Denmark – have been regularly reported in recent years, often targeting older people.

The perpetrators have also been known to use email or other forms of initial contact.

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People who have lost money to certain scams of this type could now be awarded compensation, broadcaster DR reports.

Denmark residents who have been targeted in NemID scams can from Monday apply for compensation if they have lost money which should have been paid into their bank accounts.

According to the Danish Agency for Digitisation (Digitaliseringsstyrelsen), the scammers often change victims’ so-called NemKonto to a different account which they control.

A NemKonto is the designated current account used to receive salaries as well as payments from the state such as pensions, child support or unemployment benefits.

As such, regular payments that should be received by the victim go to a different bank account.

During the first six months of the compensation scheme – until January 31st 2023 – victims can apply for compensation with up to 10 years’ retrospective effect, the agency said in a statement. As such, anyone who has lost money to scams of this type from August 2012 onwards could receive compensation.

To apply for compensation, the applicant should provide documentation of a police report and proof that they were the rightful recipient of the lost payments.

NemID is currently being replaced by a new online ID system, MitID, in a phased process which will see NemID out of use by autumn 2022.

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