Digital crime

Introduction

Digital crime (commonly known as cybercrime) comprises "digital" offences committed on telecommunication networks, in particular the Internet. In the police crime statistics digital offences are identified on the basis of the modus operandi. It is therefore not a new form of offences that has been recorded by the police in the CPS but the identification of offences with a digital component.

Methodology

Digital crime is determined using the combination "offence - modus operandi". Currently there are 33 different types of modus operandi, which are divided into 5 major areas:

  • Economic cybercrime (24 modus operandi)
  • Cyber sexual crimes (4 modus operandi)
  • Cyber damage to reputation and unfair practices (3 modus operandi)
  • Darknet (1 modus operandi)
  • Other (1 modus operandi)

If a modus operandi is determined, the selection of possible offences is consequently reduced. Thus, with regard to the Swiss Criminal Code (SCC) only 28 offences are relevant. However, other federal laws that are not taken into account in the results listed below may also be concerned, such as the Narcotics Act (NarcA) or other related federal laws such as the Weapons Act (WA), the Federal Act on Unfair Competition and the Federal Act on the Protection of Trademarks.

Key figures 2020

 

Total

including a cyber modus

Proportion

Total

77 326

24 398

31,6%

Fraud (Art. 146)

19 338

13 613

70,4%

Pornography (Art. 197)

3 051

2 480

81,3%

Money laundering (Art. 305bis)

3 070

2 434

79,3%

Computer fraud (Art. 147)

6 798

1 986

29,2%

Extortion (Art. 156)

883

538

60,9%

Unauthorised obtaining of data (Art. 143)

776

528

68,0%

Unauthorised access to a data processing system (Art. 143bis)

696

494

71,0%

Damage to data (Art. 144bis)

527

436

82,7%

Forgery of a document (Art. 251)

3 241

355

11,0%

Defamation (Art. 173)

1 701

340

20,0%

Insult (Art. 177)

12 876

259

2,0%

Wilful defamation (Art. 174)

1 467

224

15,3%

Threatening behaviour (Art. 180)

11 027

163

1,5%

Breach of secrecy or privacy through the use of an image-carrying device (Art. 179quater)


707


142


20,1%

Coercion (Art. 181)

2 843

122

4,3%

Misuse of a telecommunications installation (Art. 179septies)

1 538

111

7,2%

Other offences to the SCC

6 787

173

2,5%

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

Offences

Detection rate

Total Digital Crime

24 398

44,1%

Economic cybercrime

20 544

35,9%

including cyber fraud

16 395

37,6%

Cyber sexual crimes

2 612

94,0%

Cyber damage to reputation and unfair practices

1 240

73,6%

Darknet

2

50,0%

Other (Data Leaking)

0

*

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

Further information

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Limitations

Regardless of the method used, these first results on digital crime should be interpreted with caution. Not all digital offences are reported to the police, even if they were correctly identified by the victims or company (i.e. unreported cases or “dark figure”). Moreover, the list of modus operandi is not exhaustive and will continuously be updated as new phenomena emerge or are currently missing such as e.g. the representations of acts of violence in relation to Art. 135 SCC.

The classification of offences with an unobvious modus operandi and the frequency with which they are reported to the police indicate that the statistics are not exhaustive.

Statistical sources and concepts

Contact

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

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Remark

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