Property

Key figures 2020

 

Offences

Solved

Total offences against property

274 953

25,9%

Unlawful appropriation (art. 137)

2 985

24,4%

Misappropriation (art. 138)

1 817

89,1%

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

113 645

28,1%

Vehicle theft (art. 139)

40 496

5,0%

Robbery (art. 140)

1 949

48,0%

Removal of property (art. 141)

561

85,9%

Unauthorized obtaining of data
(art. 143)

776

21,1%

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

696

23,0%

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

46 438

20,3%

Criminal damage plus theft (art. 144)

32 153

19,6%

Fraud (art. 146)

19 338

46,6%

Computer fraud (art. 147)

6 798

35,7%

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

355

85,6%

Obtaining a service without
payment (art. 150)

787

89,7%

Extortion (art. 156)

883

28,7%

Criminal mismanagement (art. 158)

323

95,4%

Misuse of salary deductions (art. 159)

88

93,2%

Handling stolen goods (art. 160)

1 251

98,1%

Fraudulent bankruptcy and fraud
against seizure (art. 163)

320

97,2%

Disposal of seized assets (art. 169)

476

98,7%

Other offences against property

2 818

78,1%

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

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.  

2020

Offences

Detection

Accused persons

Total thefts (excl. vehicle theft)

113 645

28,1%

19 125

Theft (not specified)

38 944

19,8%

6 458

Burglary  

24 010

18,9%

2 891

Theft by secretly entering
an unsecured place

8 809

19,3%

1 488

Shoplifting  

16 342

86,7%

9 538

Snatch theft

788

25,4%

232

Pickpocketing

8 994

8,3%

726

Theft by trickering

2 437

22,5%

573

Vehicle larceny

5 281

14,9%

438

Theft from/out of a vehicle

8 040

19,2%

998

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

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).

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CH-2010 Neuchâtel
Switzerland

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