Hundreds of Danish homes broken into at Christmas

The Danish national police (Rigspolitiet) has released figures for break-ins at homes during the Christmas holidays.

Hundreds of Danish homes broken into at Christmas
Hundreds of Danish homes are broken into at Christmas each year. File photo: Sofie Mathiassen/Scanpix 2017

Although the total number of homes broken into between December 20th-27th was down in comparison to 2017, hundreds still suffered burglaries or attempted burglaries while spending Christmas with family or friends.

Police figures showed that 744 break-ins were reported from December 20th up to and including December 27th, in comparison with 815 last year.

The figures stem from reports made to police by people returning home to find their doors broken down or homes intruded into in some other way.

Break-ins at apartments, houses and farms are all included in the totals.

The Christmas crimewave was spread relatively evenly across the country, according to the police statistics.

Police regions in eastern Jutland, northern Zealand and on Funen were most severely hit, the numbers show. Over 100 break-ins occurred in each of those areas.

In Copenhagen, 42 break-ins were reported to police during the Christmas holidays.

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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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