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Police crime statistics

In 2021, the police registered 30 351 offences having a digital component. An increase of more than 24% compared to the previous year. In the same year, 15 women were killed by their current or former partner.

Digital crime

In 2021, 30 351 offences with a digital crime component were rejistered by the police, most of which were in the area of «Economic cybercrime» (87.9%), followed by «Cyber sexual crimes» (8,5%) and «Cyber damage to reputation and unfair practices» (3,6%).

Domestic violence

In 2021, the police registered 19 341 offences in domestic violence. 11 148 victims of domestic violence were registered, 70% of whom were female.

Offence rates

In 2015, the FSO calculated for the first time the “frequency”, i.e. the number of offences per 1000 inhabitants. This “frequency” has been available since 2009 for all cantons and towns of more than 30,000 inhabitants.

At a glance

Police crime statistics - key figures 2021
  Offence Accused persons Victims
   

Minors

Adults

Minors

Adults

Swiss Criminal Code

Violence offences

45 617

3 455

24 493

4 907

30 448

of which completed homicides

42

1

52

3

39

of which attempted homicides

184

29

170

11

171

Property offence

270 818

6 828

31 412

7 103

140 222

Theft (excl. vehicle theft)

108 751

3 747

14 618

3 626

71 522

of which burglary

22 734

748

1 850

99

15 184

of which theft by secretly entering an unsecured place

8 452

346

1 081

272

6 950

Vehicle theft

40 021

496

1 145

2 039

30 963

Offences against sexual integrity

8 669

1 285

4 226

2 070

2 601

Narcotics Act

Personal consumption: unlawful consumption, possession, purchase, use, cultivation or production1)

46 823

3 197

21 879

*

*

Unawful trafficking, cultivation or production, for non-personal use

14 005

686

7 128

*

*

Foreign Nationals and Integration Act

Unlawful entry/period of stay/exit

21 684

598

13 765

*

*

Unlawful gainful activity or occupation

3 128

5

2 916

*

*

Remark: Due to a technical error in the canton of Geneva in the second half of the year, cases from 2021 could not be transmitted. These cases will appear in the PCS 2022 (approx. 660 criminal offences of the SCC).

1) Due to a recording error in the canton of Thurgau, not all offenses involving the consumption of narcotic substances are included in the statistics for the NarcA for 2021. The number of offences that are missing in the category "consumption" in 2021 is estimated at over 250 offences.
State of the database: 17.02.2022
Source: FSO - Police crime statistics (PCS) 2021

Police crime statistics (PCS): The police crime statistics have been revised and since 2009 have provided information on the number, structure and growth of recorded offences, as well as on victims and defendants. They focus on the offences recorded by the police: offences against the Swiss Criminal Code (SCC), the Narcotics Act (NarcA) and the Foreign Nationals and Integration Act (FNIA). The police crime statistics also provide detailed information on specific subjects (for example violence in general, theft).

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Federal Statistical Office Section Crime and Criminal Justice
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel
Switzerland

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