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Police crime statistics

In 2016, the number of burglaries fell again compared with 2015 (-11%), which means an average of 127 burglaries were registered each day in Switzerland. A decline was also observed in offences under the Swiss Criminal Code (-4.1%), the Federal Act on Foreign Nationals (-0.7%) and the Federal Act on Narcotics (-3.3%).

Comparison between cantons and between towns


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. These calculations provide a clearer distinction between different cantons and towns and make it easier to compare results.

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 2016
  Offence Defendants Victims
    Minors Adults Minors Adults
Swiss Criminal Code
Violence in general 42 979 2 421 24 072 3 551 29 224
of which homicide incl. attempted  232  7  210  12  219
Domestic violence 17 685  220 9 352 1 248 8 767
Property offence 315 589 5 003 31 499 9 183 170 171
Theft (excl. vehicle theft) 146 731 2 877 16 486 5 287 106 705
of which burglary 36 970  692 2 707  123 27 069
of which theft by secretly entering an unsecured place 9 569  282 1 092  263 8 101
Vehicle theft 42 178  423  837 3 070 31 969
Offences against sexual integrity 7 329  580 3 515 1 891 2 382
Narcotics Act
Possession/confiscation 32 942 3 838 19 506 * *
Consumption 38 519 4 927 23 878 * *
Trafficking 8 442  604 6 590 * *

Foreign Nationals Act

Unlawful entry/period of stay/exit 28 178  695 17 449 * *
Unlawful gainful activity or occupation 5 815  24 5 336 * *
State of the database: 10.02.2017
Source: FSO - Police crime statistics (PCS) 2016

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.

Comparison between cantons and between towns: 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. These calculations provide a clearer distinction between different cantons and towns and make it easier to compare results.

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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