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Police crime statistics

In 2017, the number of offences known to and recorded by the police decreased in most areas of PCS. Overall, the number of offences has continuously declined since 2012.

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.  

Domestic violence

In 2016, the police recorded 17 685 domestic violence offences. Half of the offences of domestic violence occurred in an existing partnership. From all victims of domestic violence reported by the police 73% were female persons.

Road traffic offences

In 2015, young adults were far more likely to use a mobile telephone while at the wheel than older generations. Although drivers consider dictating or listening to a message while driving to be less serious, the majority still opt to read or write messages.

At a glance

Police crime statistics - key figures 2017
  Offence Defendants Victims
    Minors Adults Minors Adults
Swiss Criminal Code
Violence in general 41 771 2 562 23 691 3 687 28 859
of which homicide incl. attempted  236  11  204  10  225
Property offence 296 328 5 507 31 183 8 662 160 402
Theft (excl. vehicle theft) 136 816 3 068 16 034 4 923 96 713
of which burglary 32 534  629 2 581  144 23 266
of which theft by secretly entering an unsecured place 8 817  310 1 018  237 7 303
Vehicle theft 41 903  539  894 2 787 32 155
Offences against sexual integrity 6 957  661 3 580 1 658 2 427
Narcotics Act
Possession/confiscation 30 455 3 743 18 692 * *
Consumption 37 488 5 114 23 689 * *
Trafficking 8 256  687 6 411 * *

Foreign Nationals Act

Unlawful entry/period of stay/exit 24 980  547 15 687 * *
Unlawful gainful activity or occupation 5 351  12 4 985 * *
State of the database: 15.02.2018
Source: FSO - Police crime statistics (PCS) 2017

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 Act (FNA). The police crime statistics also provide detailed information on specific subjects (for example violence in general, theft).

Domestic violence: For the majority of violent offences, the cantonal police record (in the context of the PCS) the relationship between victim and defendant. Offences that are carried out between members of the same family, or by partners or ex-partners are considered, on the basis of this information, as domestic violence.

Offence rates: In 2015, the FSO calculated for the first time the “frequency”, i.e. the number of offences per 1000 inhabitants. This frequency was calculated for violent and property offences. This “frequency” covers most of the criminal code. This “frequency” is available retrospectively from 2009 for all cantons and towns of more than 30,000 inhabitants.  

Road traffic offences: Under this topic the results of the 2015 survey of motor vehicle drivers (EcoM) are presented as well as those of previous surveys (ECoM 2001-2012) as well as records from the road traffic offences indicator system, concerning the period from 2000 to 2014.

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