Malmö sees spike in summer car burnings
Published: 10 Aug 2016 07:56 GMT+02:00
Updated: 10 Aug 2016 09:15 GMT+02:00
According to numbers from the southern branch of Sweden’s fire and rescue service reported in newspaper Sydsvenskan, 64 vehicles were set alight in the region between June 1st and August 9th.
Around half of those fires took place in Rosengård, a Malmö district with a reputation for social problems and gang-related issues. Almost all of the car burnings were deemed to be intentional.
“The figure is higher than normal when it comes to vehicle fires. It’s a worrying trend we’re seeing now,” Ulf Nilsson, a manager a South Rescue Service told daily Svenska Dagbladet.
Emergency services also said that the fires themselves are not necessarily difficult to tackle, but they could distract from other call-outs elsewhere.
Five cars were burned on Monday, four of which occurred in Rosengård and one in Kroksbäck in the west of the city. That was followed by a further three burnings in the two districts on Tuesday.
Last night meanwhile several more cars were set alight, with Sydsvenskan reporting that as many as seven burned between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.
In Rosengård, two cars were set on fire in a parking garage, with two young people seen leaving the site on a moped, according to Skåne police.
A spokesperson for the local police insisted however that the problem was not exclusive to that suburb.
“Too many cars have been burned in a short time. But it isn’t only in Rosengård that it’s happening, that must be stressed,” Ewa-Gun Westford said to SvD.