Processed offences linked to a suspect

During 2016, 503,000 offences linked to a suspect were processed, which is 43,600 fewer (−8 %) than in 2015. However, over a period of ten years (2007–2016), the number of processed offences linked to a suspect has increased with 13 percent.

Processed offences linked to a suspect

Number of processed offences linked to a suspect 2007-2016.

The statistics of processed offences linked to a suspect is based on offences and suspects registered and processed by Swedish Police, Swedish Custom and Swedish Prosecution Authority. An offence is processed when a decision is registered of person based clearance (prosecution is initiated, summary sanction order issued or waiver of prosecution issued) or to end the investigation of the offence of other causes.

The statistics gives an overview of the number of processed offences linked to a suspect and is presented by the type of offence, type of decision, sex and age of the suspected person. The statistics does not include processed offences linked to suspects under the age of criminal responsibility (15 years).

The statistics of processed offences linked to a suspect is new from 2017, but it is available annually from 2007.

During 2016, 503,000 offences linked to a suspect were processed, which is 43,600 fewer (−8 %) than 2015. However, over a period of ten years (2007–2016), the number of processed offences linked to a suspect has increased with 13 percent.

The most common crime category among the processed offences linked to a suspect 2016, was crime against the person, which constituted 25 percent of the total. Common offences were also crimes against the Penal Law on Narcotics (17 %), theft and robbery (14 %) and crimes against the Road Traffic Offences Act (11 %).

Of the processed offences linked to a suspect in 2016, 215,000 offences (43 %) were person-based cleared offences¹ . The proportion of person-based cleared offences has decreased over time, with 3 percentage units since 2015 and with 9 percentage units since 2007. The rest of the offences linked to a suspect have been subject to investigation-limitation decisions (9 %) or other types of decisions (49 %). The proportion of the offences linked to a suspect which have been subject to investigation-limitation decisions has increased over the last ten years, with 3 percentage units.

The majority (412,000 or 82 percent) of the processed offences were linked to a male suspect in 2016. This is a pattern which has been stable for the past ten years. Of the processed offences linked to a male suspect, 43 percent were processed with person based clearance. This proportion has decreased over the past ten years with 10 percentage units. Of the processed offences linked to a female suspect, 42 percent were processed with person based clearances, a decrease since 2007 with 8 percentage units.

Of the processed offences, 83,500 were linked to a suspect aged between 15 and 20, which constitutes 17 percent of all the processed offences linked to a suspect. The rest of the offences (417,000 or 83 percent) were linked to persons aged over 20 years. Of the offences linked to persons aged 15–20 years, 44 percent were processed with person based clearance in 2016. The corresponding proportion of person based clearances for offenses linked to persons older than 20 years was 43 percent. The proportions have decreased since 2007, with 9 percentage units respectively.

¹Person-based cleared offences are processed offences for which at least one suspect has been prosecuted through the commencement of a prosecution, the issuance of a summary sanction order or a waiver of prosecution.