Crime and criminal justice

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With a total of 522 558 offences under the Swiss Criminal Code (SCC), the offences recorded by the police in 2023 increased by 14.0% compared to the previous year. This increase was mainly due to property offences (+17.6%), which rose for the second year in a row.

Execution of Penal Sentences and Justice

In 2022, 11 927 sentences and measures have been implemented. 71.6% of persons have been incarcerated, 24.7% provided a community service and 3.7% have served their sentence under electronic surveillance.

Criminal justice

In 2023 the number of juvenile convictions amounts to 23'080 cases. With 102'822 entries in the criminal register in 2023, the number of convictions decreased compared with the previous year (-1,4%).

Assistance to victims

In 2023, CHF 6.1 million was paid out to crime victims by the compensation authorities and the victim consultation centres provided consultations in 49 055 cases.

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Offences of the Criminal Code, the Narcotics Act and the Foreign Nationals and Integration Act, accused persons and victims

Criminal justice

Convictions of minors and adults, convicted persons, sanctions and pre-trial detention

Execution of Penal Sentences and Justice

Juveniles placed, detained adults, community service, electronic monitoring and probation assistance

Assistance to victims

Victims of crime who contact support services for help or receive compensation from cantonal damages and compensation authorities


Figures on relapse as re-condemn after conviction or dismissal from the execution of a sentence


Federal Statistical Office Section Crime and Criminal Justice
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