Crime and criminal justice

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In 2015, the number of burglaries is 42 416 denunciations, a decrease of 19% compared to 2014. Offences under the federal law on narcotic drugs and the federal law on foreigners increase of 6.3 respectively 6.7%.  

In 2015, 12 818 sentences and measures have been implemented. 72% of persons have been incarcerated, 26% provided a community service and 2% have served their sentence under electronic surveillance.

In 2015 a total of 12 100 juvenile convictions were passed. This corresponds to a decline of 2% compared with the previous year. In the same year, 108 500 adult convictions were recorded in the register of convictions. This corresponds to a decline of 3% compared with the previous year.

In 2015, people recognized as victims of an infraction received 1.3 million francs as compensation and for 4.8 million francs for moral damages.

The main figures

Persons wronged and convicted according to Penal Code 2015
  Male Female
Persons wronged according to Penal code
58 750 18 300
Convicted Persons according to Penal code   29 996 7 134
Source: FSO - Criminal Police statistic PKS - Criminal Convictions statistic SUS - Juvenile convictions statistics JUSUS
Juveniles in secured accommodation on reference day 2015
  Male Female
Juveniles in secured accommodation 388 45
Source: FSO - Reference day survey of juvenile detention SJS
Inmates on the reference day 2015
  Male Female
Total occupant stock 6 509
Source: FSO - Statistics on convictions and persons serving prison sentences FHE


The panorama is an overview of facts and major developpements on the topic "Crime and criminal justice"

Further information


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



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