Crimes by foreigners in Denmark have doubled

A new analysis from the Danish National Police shows that while many categories of crime are either falling or stagnated, the number of crimes committed by non-citizens more than doubled between 2009 and 2015.

Crimes by foreigners in Denmark have doubled
Police respond to a recent jewellery store robbery in Aarhus. Photo: Kim Haugaard/Scanpix
The National Police told Berlingske that 12,566 criminal charges were filed against foreigners last year. According to Chief Jens Henrik Højbjerg, the trend is likely to continue. 
“As long as there are such significant welfare differences in Europe, there will be an incentive to leave one’s own country to commit crime somewhere else,” he told Berlingske. “There can be more to gain in the richer countries and one cannot expect that this is a phenomenon that will just stop on its own.”
The National Police analysis showed that it is primarily eastern European criminals who are behind the sharp increase. Romanians are the largest group of foreign criminals but the National Police said that Lithuanians and Poles are also well represented in the crime stats. 
The most popular crimes committed by foreigners include robberies, break-ins and data fraud. 
Højberg said that much of the crime comes from organized networks. 
Cross-border criminality is receiving particular focus in Denmark these days as the country faces a steep uphill battle to remain part of Europol following the Danes’ rejection of a referendum that would have put the country in closer collaboration with other EU countries on justice and home affairs issues. 


Denmark police receive 456 reports of fraud from the corona relief fund

The National Unit for Special Crime has received 456 reports of fraud from the corona relief packages since 1st April 2020, according to a press release from the Money Laundering Secretariat (Hvidvasksekretariatet).

Denmark police receive 456 reports of fraud from the corona relief fund

The frauds and attempted frauds amount to 212 million kroner, although some of the scams were discovered before the fraudsters got the money. More than 28 million kroner has been recovered through 102 recovery operations.

According to Jørgen Andersen, deputy police inspector and head of the Money Laundering Secretariat, the task has been taken “very seriously” in the secretariat since the introduction of corona relief packages.

“And it has had a high priority with us as authorities. But also with the notifiers – here primarily banks and the accountants – and we sat down together quite quickly in a community.

“Here, we organised the effort in such a way that when banks and auditors sent notifications to us where there was a suspicion of misuse of schemes, we typically sent them within 24 hours to the authorities who paid money on these schemes”, Andersen says.

Companies or individuals should contact the Money Laundering Secretariat (Hvidvasksekretariatet) if they suspect money laundering or terrorist financing.

In October 2020, an eight-billion kroner stimulus package was agreed in parliament to help Danish businesses and cultural institutions hit by the coronavirus crisis.

The financial package also included a liquidity fund totalling 28 million kroner. 

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