Lithuanian citizens make the largest group of the foreigners involved in crime in Norway, and the 77 Lithuanians are currently jailed. Poland is in second place with 72. On the other hand, the highest increase in three years occured among Romanians. In 2007, a total of 17 Romanians was jailed in Norway. However, the number rose to 163 in two years.
Police Officer Ingelin Green said to Aftenposten that many would continue to come here to commit theft as long as there is so much difference between rich and poor countries in Europe. She also noted the problems are the same in Sweden, Denmark and Finland.
-Older people experience brutal robbery, but I am also concerned about burglary in housing that can provide lifelong harm because it does something to do with the people's confidence, ” said she.
The police director stated that many of them come to beg and it is not crime but the increase of criminals among these groups coming from Europe is huge and worrisome.
Proportion of Criminals
Highest Increase in crime cases from 2005 to 2009
Romanian: from 29 to 430
Polish: from 306 to 444
Lithuanian: from 179 to 429