What would happen after a thievery in Sweden?

A secret package was lying silently in my post. Until I removed the gummed tape, I had no idea that it has something to do with law enforcement and crime…….

So it starts from a weekend. As we all know that Sweden is one of the safest countries in the world, says the report of Global Peace Index. That’s why it took us (I and three friends eating in a food court) five minutes to realise I fell victim to a thievery. My handbag, which contains a water bottle and my wallet, was stolen in central Stockholm.

It is the first “crime scene” that I was involved since arrived in Sweden 1.5 years ago, and  the LEAST severe one in my life: no violence, no body contact, not even an eye contact. Indeed, I have no idea who the person might be, and at which time it happened. It was a relaxing Saturday night, after enjoying a movie in Filmstaden Sergel we visited the nearby food court to have dinner. I probably probably put my handbag besides me, and discovered it was gone after we finished eating.

When I recalled our reactions that day, we were surprisingly calm (very likely a symptoms developed after living > one years in Sweden). What we did is:

  1. Searching around -> no yield
  2. Check for surveillence camera -> it is non-existing
  3. Block my credit card account
  4. Report loss to the police via phone call 11414 (non-emergency)

But beneath the calming surface of the sea there is one thing that inflicts me: my Swedish ID card was inside that wallet. In Sweden, Swedish ID and the personal number are the two things that legitimise your presence: they are obligatory for opening bank account, paying tax etc. It means that I need to order a new one from the Migrationsverket……

Okey, that’s all right. I will add it in my to-do list and find against my procrastination and have this 400-krone business settled.(1)

Day 1: I am too busy to visit the Migrationsverket

Day 2: I have lunch with classmates that’s why I can’t find time

Day 3: Soooooo tired……

Day 4: I got a package in my mail box, with handwriting of my address and name. So I opened it:

An intact wallet with all my cards inside!!! Of course, my credit card was cut in the middle. The attachment is, a police report:

When I counted the loss, only two “By 500 Get 50 Back” coupons were missing.

Hmm……in the end, the victim suffers from a SEK 50 * 2 = SEK 100 loss in the loss of her wallet.

It doesn’t require a detective’s brain to join all dots.

First, someone, a theft stole the handbag; after discovering there was no cash inside, he/she took the coupons but simply discarded the entire wallet. A warm-hearted walk-by found the wallet and handed it in to police. The police office must have traced identify according to the ID card inside and sent it to my address (without a notification!) Finally, the wallet re-unites with its owner 😀

In the end, I really want to say a sincere “Thank you” to all people, albeit anonymous, that give me this small miracle.

From this unforgettable experience, I summarised a few tips:

  1. Sweden is one of the most cash-free nations in the world. Therefore, it is completely feasible that you only carry a modicum of cash (I would recommend several 10-krone coins for access of public toilet and lock.

  2. Know the phone number of the bank that you should call, to block your credit card

  3. Report loss to the police by ringing 11414, or visit them at Karabergsviadukten 49 (for you who live in Stockholm)