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Police crime statistics

In 2019, the police recorded about 36,400 burglaries, i.e. to less than the half 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 2019, the police registered 19,669 offences in domestic violence. Half of the offences occurred in an existing relationship. From all victims of domestic violence registered by the police 72% were female.

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 2019
  Offence Accused persons Victims
    Minors Adults Minors Adults
Swiss Criminal Code
Violence offences 45 477 3 095 24 942 4 315 30 481
of which homicide incl. attempted 207 18 211 22 187
Property offence 286 207 5 803 32 183 8 115 152 763
Theft (excl. vehicle theft) 127 120 3 256 16 242 4 525 86 810
of which burglary 27 938 579 2 199 90 19 322
of which theft by secretly entering an unsecured place 8 481 262 1 033 278 6 983
Vehicle theft 41 944 480 1 008 2 539 32 008
Offences against sexual integrity 8 189 1 275 4 098 1 859 2 394
Narcotics Act
Possession/confiscation 28 616 3 407 17 762 * *
Consumption 34 518 4 480 21 848 * *
Trafficking 7 447 713 5 547 * *

Foreign Nationals and Integration Act

Unlawful entry/period of stay/exit 25 076 528 16 033 * *
Unlawful gainful activity or occupation 4 902 12 4 522 * *
State of the database: 13.02.2020
Source: FSO - Police crime statistics (PCS) 2019

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).

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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