Hidden danger

At Wednesday the fourth of September, The Police arrested a 23-year-old man who confessed to the murder of 21-year-old student Anja Weløy Aarseth. He currently lives in Ålesund and had no motive for the crime. A DNA match finally led the police to the suspect.

The accused claimed that he was under the influence of drugs and is also guilty of abusing the victim sexually.

Aarseth’s family is very relieved and thankful that the murderer of their beloved Anja has finally been arrested.

Safety in focus

Norway is seen as one of the safest countries in the world. Sadly, people in the quiet city of Ålesund were victims of a collapse of this statement, when the police found the dead body of Anja Weløy Aarseth. She went missing while she had gone jogging in a very popular recreational area on a forested hillside called Aksla near the city center. The police concluded that she was murdered and started a successful hunt for the killer immediately. The justice has been served well. But a question might arise:

Do you think Norway is really safe?

According to the last global peace survey in the Human Security Bulletin (http://www.humansecuritybulletin.info) it is one of the most peaceful and safe countries in the world. The unemployment rate is 3.5 % and there is no chance of street crimes. But how do we then explain what happened in Ålesund recently. Who would have thought that a murderer could run around in a city known for its beauty and calmness?

Even here in Volda, people are shocked by the tragic news.

– I usually go jogging every day, but now I am too scared to go by myself, said Lisa S. from Germany, an international student at Høgskulen i Volda University College.

But what can we do when we need some time alone outdoors?  A good security measure can be to always bring your phone and make sure to save all the emergency numbers on it.

However, the threat is not necessarily a person; it can come from nature itself as well. Three weeks ago, three new students in Volda were trapped on the top of the mountain Rotsethornet. They were surprised by fog and could not find their way back.

Fortunately they were able to call the police and were helped by the Red Cross to step down safely. Never go alone on a hiking trip, especially when you don’t have any experiences.


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