In an internal report police are advised to "darken" crimes such as car fires, and instead highlight the successful cases, reports Folkbladet in Norrköping.
The report, commissioned by the national police operations department, describes how media give the grave impression that car fires have increased, which in turn has caused more car fires, writes Folkbladet.
To overcome this problem, police are now prompted to "darken" crimes, such as an explosive increase in the number of car fires many places in the country, including a number of suburbs in the capital Stockholm. Instead, the authority wants to focus on the successful cases, according to the report.
When Folkbladet asks the police if it's the media's fault that the number of car fires increases, the newspaper gets the following answer:
- No, it is obviously the ones that lit the fires, but some people are triggered by being publicized, says Peter Wahlberg, police area manager.
The report also states that the most important thing is to stop the fires, not to prosecute those behind the crimes. In Norrköping, there has been a large number of car fires in the city's so-called "sensitive areas," but not a single arrest by the police.
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