Banning orders will strengthen the protection of retail stores against crime and harassment

27 January 2021 klockan 16.30

The Riksdag voted in favour of the Government's proposal regarding a new act on banning orders for retail stores. According to the proposal, it shall be possible, under special circumstances, to ban a person from entering a retail store if there is a risk that the person will commit an offence or seriously harass someone in the store.

Anyone who violates a banning order may be fined or sentenced to imprisonment for a maximum of six months.

The Riksdag also voted in favour of the Government's proposal on certain amendments to criminal law, for example, that the penalty for theft following burglary of a habitation shall be imprisonment for between one and six years. In the case of gross theft and gross handling of stolen goods, a crime may be considered to be gross if the offence has been carried out systematically.

The new act and legislative amendments will come into force on 1 March 2021.

The Riksdag considers that measures should be taken to enable banning orders to be imposed in public swimming pools and libraries too, and it therefore calls on the Government by way of an announcement to get back to the Riksdag with such a proposal during 2021.