Property

Key figures 2019

 

Offences

Solved

Total offences against property

286 207

24,1%

Unlawful appropriation (art. 137)

2 983

21,9%

Misappropriation (art. 138)

1 933

87,9%

Theft (excl. vehicle theft and shoplifting) (art. 139)

110 140

15,8%

Vehicle theft (art. 139)

41 944

4,5%

Shoplifting (art. 139)

16 268

85,8%

Robbery (art. 140)

1 872

43,2%

Removal of property (art. 141)

477

85,5%

Unauthorized obtaining of data
(art. 143)

800

20,4%

Unauthorized access to a
data processing system (art. 143bis)

610

21,5%

Criminal damage (excl. theft)
(art. 144)

42 582

20,7%

Criminal damage plus theft (art. 144)

35 069

18,4%

Fraud (art. 146)

17 606

47,6%

Computer fraud (art. 147)

6 181

35,9%

Making off from a hotel, restaurant
or bar without payment (art. 149)

511

87,5%

Obtaining a service without
payment (art. 150)

730

86,2%

Extortion (art. 156)

992

27,8%

Criminal mismanagement (art. 158)

307

94,5%

Misuse of salary deductions (art. 159)

129

91,5%

Handling stolen goods (art. 160)

1 120

96,7%

Fraudulent bankruptcy and fraud
against seizure (art. 163)

305

98,4%

Disposal of seized assets (art. 169)

456

99,3%

Other offences against property

19 460

85,1%

State of the database: 13.02.2020
Source: FSO - Police crime statistics (PCS) 2019

Offences against property represent a large part of the offences against 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.  

Theft

Theft is only defined in law only in article 139 of the Swiss Criminal Code. However, the police makes a distinction between different types of theft depending on how and where it takes place.  

2019

Offences

Detection

Accused persons

Total thefts (excl. vehicle theft)

127 120

25,2%

19 531

Theft (not specified)

45 611

17,5%

6 868

Burglary  

27 938

17,3%

2 785

Theft by secretly entering
an unsecured place

8 481

18,2%

1 295

Shoplifting  

16 980

86,2%

9 675

Snatch theft

891

17,3%

191

Pickpocketing

12 611

5,6%

747

Theft by trickering

2 726

19,2%

502

Vehicle larceny

4 916

13,3%

381

Theft from/out of a vehicle

6 966

13,8%

672

State of the database: 13.02.2020
Source: FSO - Police crime statistics (PCS) 2019

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 breakings 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.

Robbery

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

Further information

Tables

Graphs

Data

Press releases

Statistical sources and concepts

Contact

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

Contact

Remark

Our English pages offer only a limited range of information on our statistical production. For our full range please consult our pages in French and German (top right hand screen).

https://www.bfs.admin.ch/content/bfs/en/home/statistics/crime-criminal-justice/police/assets.html