Denmark youth crime rates dropping: Ministry

Youth crime levels in Denmark have decreased year on tear since 2006, says a report by the Danish Ministry of Justice.

Denmark youth crime rates dropping: Ministry
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The amount of people between the ages of 10 and 17 years old either on suspicion or charged with crimes has more than halved over the last decade, according to ministry figures.

Law infringement numbers have dropped every year since 2006, says the report – a decrease in raw numbers from 25,125 in 2006 to 11,487 in 2016.

Between 2015 and 2016 there was only a one percent decrease, however.

The most marked fall in youth crime rates took place during the years up to 2013.

A reduction in the number of first-time young offenders is a key reason for the positive development, says the ministry.

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For 10-14 year-olds, the number put under suspicion by police dropped by 72 percent between 2006 and 2016. The figure for the 15-17 year age group stood at a 46 percent decrease.

Source: Justitsministeriet

There was a slight increase in boys suspected or charged with crimes between 2015 and 2016, however – a one percent rise offset by a drop of 19 percent for girls in the same classification.

Crimes committed by boys consist primarily of break-ins, violence and threatening behaviour, while the most common crime for girls was theft.

“It is well known that a large number of crimes are committed by young people. It is particularly in the formative years between child and adulthood that young people get drawn into criminality. We must prevent this, because criminal behaviour at an early age can lead to an existence in the shadows of society. So it is encouraging to see that, again, this year there are fewer of our young people starting on the road to crime,” wrote justice minister Søren Pape Poulsen in the ministry’s press statement.

The government is expected to announce a new initiative to further combat youth crime using ‘focused initiatives’, the minister added.

The full version of the report can be found here.

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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.


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.