Police officers have warned women in the Swedish city of Ostersund to not go out alone following a series of sex attacks.
There have been at least nine cases of violent attacks against women after dark over the last few weeks, according to authorities.
The worrying trend has led local police chief Stephen Jerand to issue the advice to women.
He said: “It is always a consideration whether to go out with this kind of thing or not.
“But we don’t want to sit here for another week and have more crime victims on our desk.”
However police have come under criticism for issuing the advice.
And Ann-Sofie Andersson, Ostersund’s mayor, claims she was kept out of discussions held between authorities before the warning was issued.
She said: “The solution can never be to not go out because of such a warning.
“We have very many women who work in home and social care at night for example.
“What are they supposed to do?”.
Cops say that in one case a man jumped out of a car and grabbed a woman walking in the city at 4.30am.
He then threatened to stab and rape her.
Commenting on the increase in violence against women in the city, Mr Jerand added: “It’s not a normal picture that we’re seeing.”
He then advised women heading out after dark to “arrange a ride or walk around in groups”.
Source – mirror