Key figures 2018

Unlawful appropriation (art. 137) 3 027 21,0%
Misappropriation (art. 138) 1 991 87,7%
Theft (excl. vehicle theft and shoplifting) (art. 139) 112 353 14,9%
Vehicle theft (art. 139) 41 796 4,2%
Shoplifting (art. 139) 16 268 85,8%
Violent robbery (art. 140) 1 644 45,3%
Removal of property (art. 141)  478 84,7%
Unauthorised obtaining of data (art. 143) 1 151 27,3%
Unauthorised access to a
data processing system (art. 143 bis)
 591 23,7%
Criminal damage (excl. theft) (art. 144) 42 243 20,6%
Criminal damage plus theft (art. 144) 38 101 16,9%
Fraud (art. 146) 16 319 50,5%
Computer fraud (art. 147) 5 583 31,1%
Making off from a hotel, restaurant
or bar without payment (art. 149)
 582 86,8%
Obtaining a service without
payment (art. 150)
 808 85,0%
Extortion (art. 156)  958 25,9%
Criminal mismanagement (art. 158)  314 94,3%
Misuse of salary deductions (art. 159)  117 94,9%
Handling stolen goods (art. 160) 1 300 97,4%
Fraudulent bankruptcy and fraud
against seizure (art. 163)
 315 98,4%
Disposal of seized assets (art. 169)  349 97,4%
Other offences against property 2 367 68,9%
Total property 288 655 23,2%
State of the database: 13.02.2019
Source: FSO - Police crime statistics (PCS) 2018

Offences against property represent a large part of offences under the Swiss Criminal Code. Damage to property is one of the most common crimes in this area and, in the majority of cases, in connection with theft.  


Strictly speaking, theft is only recognised in law under Article 139 of the Swiss Criminal Code. However, the police make a distinction between different types of theft depending on how and where it takes place.  

2018 Offences Solved
Accused persons
Burglary (Art. 139) 30 383 16,3% 2 971
Theft by secretly entering
an unsecured place (Art. 139)
8 488 17,3% 1 313
Shoplifting (Art. 139) 16 268 85,8% 9 574
Snatch theft (Art. 139)  918 15,5%  172
Pickpocketing (Art. 139) 13 283 4,6%  592
Theft by false pretences (Art. 139) 3 061 19,1%  495
Vehicle larceny (Art. 139) 5 467 11,5%  314
Theft from/ out of a vehicle (Art. 139) 6 673 12,7%  685
Theft from a co-tenant (Art. 139)  1  100,0%  1
Total thefts (excl. vehicle theft) 128 621 23,9% 19 446
State of the database: 13.02.2019
Source: FSO - Police crime statistics (PCS) 2018

Note: Although shoplifting is a particularly common offence, various cantons have a simplified procedure whereby shops can directly transfer cases of shoplifting to the judicial system (e.g. Prefect). This means that the real number of shoplifting offences is higher than that recorded by the police.

Vehicle theft

Information on vehicle theft by vehicle type is available in the police crime statistics’ annual report (see pages "Police" in French and German).

Burglaries by time committed, 2015

When the clocks go back at the end of October, there is always talk of an increased risk of burglary. Burglars try to avoid any contact with their victims. In fact in winter it is easy to tell whether a house or apartment is occupied: if no lights are on, one can usually assume that nobody is at home. An analysis of data from the 2015 police crime statistics shows this effect in the following graphics.

An increase in burglaries in the autumn and winter months can be seen, but only for burglaries in private homes. Private and public locations also differ considerably with regard to the time of day and the individual months in which break-ins are committed.

The total number of burglaries committed in 2015 fluctuates between 3000 and 4000 per month. In the summer months, the number of burglaries remains at a relatively low level. From September this number increases and only falls again from March. No distinct cluster of breakins can be observed during the summer holiday period. This pattern, however, is almost exclusively created by burglaries in private locations. The number of burglaries in public places is relatively constant throughout the year.

Armed robbery

Information on robbery and the instrument used is available in the police crime statistics’ annual report (see pages "Police" in French and German).

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