Here is the good news: crime, already low in Aalborg, is even lower than it was four years ago. A new report from Northern Jutland Police shows that Aalborg Municipality has experienced a decrease in burglary, theft, and violence since 2011. Reported burglaries in private homes and apartments fell from 1,583 to 1,211 in 2014, while thefts dropped from 3,646 in 2011 down to 2,616 in 2014. Acts of violence decreased from 459 to 357 in 2014. And the positive trend seems to have continued into 2015, when, in the first six months, only 378 burglaries, 871 instances of theft, and 134 cases of violence were on the books. “The year is obviously not over yet so much can happen, but so far the figures look good. We have reason to be pleased,” said Deputy Police Inspector Henrik Skals of the Northern Jutland Police.
Various efforts have been made to reduce crime in Aalborg. These include more cooperation among individuals and neighbors to prevent burglaries, a concerted effort to coordinate activities to make vulnerable locations safer, more collaboration among social services, schools, and police to get the message across to youths that crime doesn’t pay, and greater visibility of the police in general. “As a citizen of the municipality you needn’t feel uneasy. On the contrary. Aalborg is a very safe city to live and move around in,” says Skals. (And Aalborg residents DO feel safe – according to a European study of people’s satisfaction with the city they live in, 95% of Aalborgenses said they feel safe here.)¹
It is important, however, to point out that neither the police nor the municipality is resting on its laurels. The common strategy ‘Secure Aalborg’ includes a wide range of projects throughout Aalborg brought together in a common framework between Aalborg Municipality and Northern Jutland Police. The goal of the strategy is to make Aalborg an even safer municipality. “Secure Aalborg ensures common ground between the police and the municipality, because a united strategy ensures that we coordinate our efforts and promote new thinking – all the time,” says Hanne Manata, Manager of Family and Employment Administration.
This is a translated version of Aalborg Kommune’s press release today on the topic, which you can find here (in Danish).
Now on to the ‘really pay attention’ news item…
It is more important than ever to check your e-box, especially if you drive!
The police are communicating with citizens even more by digital post than before. Several of the letters that you once got by post now come instead by Digital Post and land in your e-box.These include receipts for notifications and permits, including spirits appropriations. But also if you are awarded compensation for something, are indicted in a case, or are being informed about a driving violation, the notice will appear in your e-box. The police are already sending out fines generated by automatic traffic control machines, i.e. cameras, digitally.
The police, in other words, are shifting toward completely digital communication with citizens. There will still be some correspondence sent as ordinary letters. If you are registered to be exempt from Digital Post, for example, the police will make sure to send their communication to you via regular mail.
If you are not signed up for Digital Post, see my post about the subject and register!
¹ http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/sources/docgener/studies/pdf/urban/survey2013_en.pdf – page 11