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Police crime statistics

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.

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 2018, the police recorded 18,522 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 71% 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 2018
  Offence Defendants Victims
    Minors Adults Minors Adults
Swiss Criminal Code
Violence in general 43 773 2 603 24 629 3 875 30 080
of which homicide incl. attempted  199  13  195  11  187
Property offence 288 655 5 482 32 029 8 358 155 252
Theft (excl. vehicle theft) 128 621 3 133 16 284 4 671 89 040
of which burglary 30 383  609 2 357  121 21 978
of which theft by secretly entering an unsecured place 8 488  281 1 031  253 6 891
Vehicle theft 41 796  507  929 2 772 32 097
Offences against sexual integrity 7 498  727 3 885 1 863 2 632
Narcotics Act
Possession/confiscation 28 302 3 677 17 508 * *
Consumption 35 728 4 722 22 878 * *
Trafficking 7 963  725 6 088 * *

Foreign Nationals Act

Unlawful entry/period of stay/exit 24 582  498 16 106 * *
Unlawful gainful activity or occupation 5 663  28 5 182 * *
State of the database: 13.02.2019
Source: FSO - Police crime statistics (PCS) 2018

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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