Safety & security

The following trends can be seen based on the results obtained by the Police from those who responded to the local security survey in 2021 (response rate in Malmö 50.3 per cent) and in the police´s statistics on the number of deaths in connection with confirmed shootings.

Percentage stating that they were not exposed to offences during the year
74.5%

Proportion of victims

The proportion of Malmö residents who in the security survey state that they have not been exposed to offences in the last 12 months has increased in 2021 (74.5 per cent) compared with 2020 (70.2 per cent).

The proportion who have been exposed to physical violence is unchanged in 2021 (1.6 per cent) compared with 2020 (1.6 per cent).

The proportion of residents who state that they have been exposed to theft has decreased slightly in 2021 (11.4 per cent) compared with 2020 (12.3 per cent).

Source: The Police authority

1.6%
Indicates that they have been subjected to physical violence in the past year

Perceived insecurity and problem picture

The feeling of insecurity among Malmö residents remains high but varies over time. Since 2017, there has been a certain decline in the proportion who are worried about being exposed to offences. Concerns about being exposed to any type of offences have decreased in 2021 (71.8 per cent) compared with 2020 (73.5 per cent).

Source: The Police authority

17.2%
Has refrained from any activity due to fear of crime

Murders and explosions

In Malmö, the number of fatal shootings has decreased in recent years.

  • Number of fatal shootings: 3 (2021), 3 (2020), 7 (2019) and 12 (2018).

The number of explosions shows a decreasing trend over time.

  • Number of explosions: 22 (2021), 17 (2020), 36 (2019) and 39 (2018).

Source: The Police authority

3
The number of fatal shootings in 2021

Outdoor disturbances

The proportion of Malmö residents who experience problems with people arguing and fighting outdoors is unchanged in 2021 (14.9 per cent) compared with 2020 (14.8 per cent).

The proportion who experiences problems with people under the influence of drugs outdoors has increased slightly, from 18.9 per cent in 2020 to 19.7 per cent in 2021.

The proportion of Malmö residents who note problems with women being molested in their residential area amounted to 11.4 per cent in 2021, compared with 11.7 per cent in 2020.

Source: The Police authority

71.8%
Has been worried about being the victim of crime in the past year

Hate crimes

Hate crimes refer to crimes committed against ethnic groups and unlawful discrimination. There may also be other crimes where a motive for the crime has been to offend a person, a group of people or another such group of persons for any of the following reasons:

  • Skin color
  • National or ethnic origin
  • Confession of faith
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender-related identity, expression or other similar circumstances

In 2020 3,709 reported crimes were identified in Sweden with a hate crime motive, of which 169 were reported in Malmö, compared with 2016 when 222 were reported in Malmö.

Source: The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (BRÅ).

169
hate crimes reported in Malmö in 2020.