Crime and criminal justice

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In Switzerland, the number of thefts registered by the police has fallen by half between 2012 and 2018. The number of offences has fallen by over 100,000.

Execution of Penal Sentences and Justice

In 2018, 12 307 sentences and measures have been implemented. 69% of persons have been incarcerated, 29% provided a community service and 2% have served their sentence under electronic surveillance.

Criminal justice

In 2018 the number of juvenile convictions remained stable overall with 13 787 cases according to the juvenile conviction statistics. For adult convictions, numbers stagnated with just under 110 000 convictions.

Assistance to victims

In 2018, CHF 6.1 million was paid out to crime victims by the compensation authorities and the victim consultation centres provided consultations in 41,540 cases.

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Offences of the Penal Code, the law on narcotic drugs and the law on foreigners, persons suspected and victimized

Criminal justice

Convictions of minors and adults, convicted persons, sanctions and pre-trial detention

Execution of Penal Sentences and Justice

Juveniles placed, detained adults, community service, electronic monitoring and probation assistance

Assistance to victims

Victims of crime who contact support services for help or receive compensation from cantonal damages and compensation authorities


Figures on relapse as re-condemn after conviction or dismissal from the execution of a sentence


Federal Statistical Office Section Crime and Criminal Justice
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuch√Ętel



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