2020 was a record year for gang killings

Being a gang member more dangerous than ever with at least 15 lives being lost to gang-related activity last year

According to new figures from the state police, 2020 was a record year for gang-related killings. 

At least 15 people were killed last year in the gang environment – more than 30 percent of all murders committed in 2020 were gang-related.

In 2019 the police registered eight gang-related killings, while the figure fluctuated between 0 and 5 in the years prior to that.

“We see more instances that the attacks are more cynical and planned than before. I several cases the perpetrators have waited for hours for a person to arrive,” Henrik Sønderby, an inspector with the state police, told TV2 News.

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Violence up in 2020
Several of the cases also involve the victim being shot numerous times. 

In total, the state police had already registered 44 cases involving gang-related deaths or injuries by September 2020.

That’s well above the 36 and 30 cases seen in all of 2018 and 2019.