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New visitation zone in a small area of Nørrebro/Nordvest in Copenhagen

After a long period without visitation zones, renewed incidents with shootings have made the police put one in place in Copenhagen’s Nørrebro district.

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By Bente D. Knudsen    Picture: Københavns Politi

It was almost too good to be true – the relative peace after a long series of gang related shootings in Copenhagen’s NV/ Nord Vest quartier in 2017.

However, after a range of incidents with shootings and violent attacks amongst other on Nørrebro the past week, the police have decided to take the measure of implementing a visitation zone running from 19 September until 3 October 2018.

 

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The visitation zone – also shown on above map – encompasses the following area:

Nørrebrogade – Fælledvej – Nørre Alle – Universitetsparken – Lersø Parkallé – Rovsingsgade – Tagensvej – Tuborgvej – Tomsgårdsvej – Frederikssundsvej – Nørrebrogade.
According to the police the recent events are related to a gang conflict on Nørrebro, where a gang has been split in two. One of the gangs has connections to the Greve/Hundige area and the other to the Nørrebro/Nordvest district.

We are looking very seriously at this new conflict, which is why we have taken these reinforced measures. We will not accept shootings in the public area, and we will do everything possible to catch those responsible. Our citizens should feel safe and rest assured that we are targeting the criminal gangs and their behaviour,” says Police Director Anne Tønnes in a press release.

Reinforced patrols have been put in place in the area.

The aim of the visitations zone is to meet the local population’s safety and security concerns by ensuring that people in the area do not carry or possess weapons.
According to the police the visitation zones are an effective measure in the police’s efforts to remove weapon from the streets, which is the aim of the visitation zone.

A visitation zone means that the police can stop people on the street, on their bicycles or in their cars to check their possessions, search their bags and even a body search, if needed, may be done.
Under normal circumstances they are not allowed to do so randomly but must have a “reasonable suspicion”.

 

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If you are not yet aware of it, then take note not to bring even a small pocket knife when you are in the visitation zone area.

Also in public areas, at any time, small pocket knives – typically those we use with a bottle opener etc. below 7 cm,  are only allowed if they can be said to have a valid reason for being in your possession – for instance you are going on a picnic. In general you are not allowed to carry knives in a public area.

Even small pocket knives – below 7 cm – are not allowed when you go out during the evening to a nightclub, restaurant, coffee house or any other public area during the night, what the Danish police call “generelt knivforbud i nattelivet“.