Copenhagen police step up patrols after Christmas stabbing incidents

A series of stabbings in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg during the Christmas holiday period has led the police to strengthen their presence on the streets.

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The recent occurrence of stabbings has prompted the police to increase their presence on the streets. Photo by Audric Wonkam / Unsplash

At the same time, an extensive investigation will be launched, and the police will look into whether additional measures are necessary, the Copenhagen Police wrote in a press release on Wednesday.

“It is very worrying, and therefore a comprehensive investigation is being launched. In addition to that, we are massively ramping up presence in the affected areas – local police are present every day in the said areas,” deputy police inspector Knud Hvass said.

Since Christmas Eve, there have been five stabbings – most recently on Tuesday evening, when two young men were stabbed in Indre Nørrebro.

However, there is nothing to suggest a connection between the violent incidents for the moment, and it is too early to conclude whether the stabbings are gang-related, the police added.

Deputy police inspector Knud Hvass stresses that ordinary citizens have no reason to be uneasy.

“There is no indication that the perpetrators went after random victims,” Hvass noted but added that the police were still “investigating whether there may be a connection (between the stabbings).”

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Why Copenhagen police say crime is on the up in Christiania

Crime in Copenhagen’s hippie enclave of Christiania is increasing, police in the capital say following a number of drugs-related arrests.

Why Copenhagen police say crime is on the up in Christiania

Copenhagen Police arrested three men on Saturday for selling cannabis on Pusher Street in the alternative enclave of Christiania, as they continue their efforts to stamp out the area’s former open-air cannabis market. 

According to police, 875 people were arrested for selling cannabis in the first 11 months of 2022, more than in any other year over the past four years. 

A possible explanation for the increase in arrests could be that the rewards for operating hash stands have receded, according to a police spokesperson.

“It is extremely unattractive to stand out there, and therefore a lot of new people come in who have no idea what it is all about. Many of them come from outside the catchment area, and some of them are peripherally associated with a criminal group,” Simon Hansen, head of a Copenhagen Police special unit, told newspaper Politiken.

“It’s a bit – in inverted commas – ‘easier’ for us to catch these people,” he said. 

Around half of the stalls in the street are linked to various gangs and biker gangs, such as Satudarah, Bandidos, Hells Angels and Loyal To Familia, with the rest run by people living in Christiania, the Berlingske newspaper reported earlier this month.

The trend of rising crime occurs against a background of potential housing develop in Christiania, as the enclave’s residents decide on a plan to put affordable housing in the area.

Copenhagen Police last year told news wire Ritzau that the majority of people who are arrested within Christiania come from socially underprivileged or marginalised backgrounds.

They are exploited in gang and biker circles, resulting in them in some cases operating the illicit hash market stalls, according to the police.

Conflicts between organised crime groups have reportedly become more frequently aired in the Pusher Street market.

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