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Police crime statistics

In 2020, the police registered almost 24 400 offences with a “digital” component. An additional analysis (in French) on the number of offences recorded by the police throughout the COVID-19 pandemic from January to July 2020 as well as an infographic (in French) have been published too.

 

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 2020, the police registered 20 123 offences in domestic violence. 11 508 victims of domestic violence were registered, 70% of whom 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 2020
  Offence Accused persons Victims
 

Offence

Accused persons

Victims

   

Minors

Adults

Minors

Adults

Swiss Criminal Code

Violence offences

46 781

3 363

25 930

4 610

31 450

of which homicide incl. attempted

253

39

231

32

219

Property offence

274 953

6 590

32 263

7 179

141 785

Theft (excl. vehicle theft)

127 120

3 705

15 400

3 697

74 974

of which burglary

24 010

816

2 068

89

15 862

of which theft by secretly entering an unsecured place

8 809

353

1 135

218

7 220

Vehicle theft

40 496

598

1 142

2 210

31 630

Offences against sexual integrity

8 712

1 294

4 387

2 046

2 594

Narcotics Act

Possession/confiscation

24 931

2 500

15 827

*

*

Consumption

30 829

3 958

19 209

*

*

Trafficking

6 885

650

5 085

*

*

Foreign Nationals and Integration Act

Unlawful entry/period of stay/exit

21 730

602

12 526

*

*

Unlawful gainful activity or occupation

3 551

5

3 321

*

*

State of the database: 15.02.2021
Source: FSO - Police crime statistics (PCS) 2020

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

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