Last year’s decline in the
number of residential burglaries was short-lived, according to
statistics from the Finance Norway (FNO).
15,358 burglaries in
Norwegian homes were registered in the first half of this year.
Insurance companies paid out a total of 254 million NOK in claims for
residential burglary from January to June this year.
– Thieves are largely
traveling and spend time for undercover before they strike. Many of
the thieves are both effective and fast to break in and leave the
residence. The stolen items are more valuable than before, says
communications director from FNO Leif Osland.
Norway is the largest in
the world with the highest proportion of residential alarms, and
people are also becoming better at securing their homes with good
locks. Meanwhile burglars also become more professional.
– Foreign band activity
in Norway is cyclical. Norwegians have increasing number of valuable
stuff in their homes. Norwegian high level of prosperity is enticing
for organized criminals from Eastern Europe. The challenges related
to organized crime in Eastern Europe is huge, said Osland.