Reports of rape increase dramatically in Copenhagen

The number of rapes reported in the Capital Region nearly doubled in the last quarter of 2015

Twice as many women in the Capital Region reported being raped in the final quarter of 2015 than is the norm during a similar period.

There were 53 rapes reported in the Capital Region during the last quarter, nearly double the 25-30 that normally take place, according to Statistics Denmark.

Better reporting
However, the increase does not necessarily mean that the number of rapes has increased. It could also be that victims are more willing to come forward.

“This could reflect an increased tendency to report them,” Jon Lund Elbek, an analyst at the crime prevention council Det Kriminalpræventive Råd, told DR Nyheder.

Better investigation methods
Jens Møller from Copenhagen Police said his department has also changed the way it investigates rape reports.

“We are focusing on rape reports and have told investigators to take them very seriously,” said Møller.

Søren Pind, the justice minster, introduced a rape package yesterday with a special focus on victims.