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 2021

 

Total

 

including a modus operandi of digital crime

Proportion

 

Total

83 891

30 351

36,2%

Fraud (art. 146)

22 597

17 232

76,3%

Money laundering (art. 305bis)

3 600

2 952

82,0%

Computer fraud (art. 147)

8 127

2 780

34,2%

Pornography (art. 197)

2 834

2 407

84,9%

Extortion (art. 156)

1 514

987

65,2%

Unauthorised obtaining of data (art. 143)

988

713

72,2%

Damage to data (art. 144bis)

756

686

90,7%

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

805

551

68,4%

Forgery of a document (art. 251)

4 298

462

10,7%

Defamation (art. 173)

1 815

337

18,6%

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

844

269

31,9%

Wilful defamation (art. 174)

1 382

221

16,0%

Insult (art. 177)

12 459

186

1,5%

Coercion (art. 181)

2 888

128

4,4%

Threatening behaviour (art. 180)

10 860

124

1,1%

Obtaining personal data without authorisation (art. 179novies)

166

94

56,6%

Misuse of a telecommunications installation (art. 179septies)

1 541

88

5,7%

Sexual acts with children (art. 187)

1 278

84

6,6%

Other offences to the SCC

5 139

50

1,0%

State of the database: 17.02.2022
Source: FSO - Police crime statistics (PCS) 2021

 

Offences

Detection rate

Total Digital Crime

30 351

36,4%

Economic cybercrime

26 671

29,8%

including cyber fraud

20 691

31,3%

Cyber sexual crimes

2 572

92,9%

Cyber damage to reputation and unfair practices

1 103

65,2%

Darknet

1

100,0%

Other (Data Leaking)

4

25,0%

State of the database: 17.02.2022
Source: FSO - Police crime statistics (PCS) 2021

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

Contact

Remark

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