Persons suspected of offences

During 2016, 173,000 persons were suspected of offences, which is a decrease from 2015 with 2,150 persons (−1 %). Over a period of ten years (2007–2016) the number has increased with 2,460 persons (+1 %).

Persons suspected of offences

Number of persons suspected of offences 2007-2016.

Revision of the statistics

The statistics of persons suspected of offences were revised in 2017 to improve the quality and usability of the statistics. The revised statistics include all persons suspected of offences, while the previous statistics only included the persons still suspected after a crime investigation. The revised statistics are therefore not comparable with the previous statistics. The revised statistics replace the previous statistics and are available from 2007.

The proportion of the population suspected of an offence has however decreased over the past ten years, from 2,240 to 2,110 individuals per 100,000 of the population that has reached the age of criminal responsibility (15 years). This is due to the population having grown more over time than the number of persons suspected of offences.

The number of persons suspected of offences has decreased over most of the crime categories in comparison with 2015, with the exception of the number of persons suspected of crimes against the person and the Road Traffic Offences Act, which were the same as 2015. The largest decrease can be seen for persons suspected of fraud or other acts of dishonesty, which decreased with 12 percent, as compared with 2015.

Of the persons suspected of offences during 2016, 35,500 were women and 137,000 men – 21 percent women and 79 percent men. The distribution of women and men has been approximately the same over the past 10 years.

A majority (80 %) of the persons suspected of an offence in 2016, were 21 years old or older at the time of the crime. Persons between 15 and 20 years of age account for 20 percent of the total, but they only consitute 8 percent of the population. Among older age groups, persons aged 50 or over accounted for 18 percent of the registered suspects in 2016 and 46 percent of the population. Thus the number of registered suspects in relation to the size of the population is greater among younger age groups than it is among older segments of the population.

Among registered young suspects, aged between 15 and 20, offences against the person, drug and theft offences constitute the most common offence types, whereas offences against the Road Traffic Offences Act also is a common type of offence among those aged over 20.