Hells Angels Goth Town has moved into a new clubhouse in Skepplanda in Ale, which is part of the Greater Gothenburg. The venue is located in an activity area with soccer fields and a local football club, which is frequented by many young people. Police think it is "extremely inappropriate", but as insecurity in the Swedish society is rapidly increasing, the public seems to welcome the controversial motorcycle club with open arms.
- This area is extremely inappropriate for the Hells Angels, says Teodor Smedius, head of the police district Kungälv/Ale, to Göteborgs-Posten.
But to the despair of the police, the Hells Angels is welcomed by ordinary people.
"The safest neighbors you can have," one person wrote on Facebook.
This, the police think is alarming.
- When you say that, you think it is good that drug trafficking and other serious crime is rampant and growing, says Teodor Smedius.
But the person is not alone in welcoming the biker club, as some of the many more positive comments on GP's articles about HA's establishment in Ale show:
"HA should have been in each municipality."
"Kudos to those living in the area, good neighbors are gold worth!".
"Personally, I would feel safer if I knew that HA was in the neighborhood. Would even dare to go out ..."
"So yes ... now maybe Ale becomes a safe community again ... HA's presence usually has a soothing effect ...".
"Nice for those who live there to avoid house burglary and all manner of scum who cheat on paving and roofing and more."
"It is rarely any trouble where HA has its premises".
"The municipality should be pleased, less crime in the area, peace and quiet and surveillance".
GP interpret this as the club's establishment "is welcomed by the public."
Teodor Smedius however, argues that it is only those who praise the club who are heard, and that he knows "very many" who are concerned.
"Some say that crime decreases in areas where the Hells Angels are, it will be safer - how about that?" says police officer Sven Lindgren, who is an expert on motorcycle gangs.
- There is no one who has looked at it. It depends on how you are experiencing security. Security in Sweden is made by a secure and strong police force, which is the security, says Sven Lindgren.
Nor the Crime Prevention Council, BRÅ, can answer if crime actually decreases with the Hells Angels as neighbors.
- I've heard that argument before, but it's not something we have looked at, says Daniel Vesterhav, head of the National Crime Prevention Council.
Hells Angels Goth Town is one of three HA charters in Greater Gothenburg.
READ: The Hells Angels ''Jackal Manifesto''
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