Reported offences

In 2016 approximately 1,510,000 offences were reported to the police, the customs authority or the prosecution service. This represents an increase of 6, 800 reported offences by comparison with the figure for 2015.

In particular, increases were noted in the offence categories crimes against the person and fraud. During the same period, the number of reported offences decreased in the categories theft, robbery, and other offences of stealing and drug offences.

The types of crimes for which the number of reported offences increased the most between 2015 and 2016 were computer fraud, assault (not resulting in death), sexual molestation, unlawful harassment, benefit crimes against Social Insurance Office.

The types of offences that decreased most were theft of fuel, fraud via the Internet, theft out of and from a motor vehicle and personal misuse of narcotics.

Since 2007, the number of reported offences has increased by approximately 204,000 (+16%). Since 1975, the trend in the total number of reported offences has been characterised by a continuous increase. However, the rate of increase, i.e. the percentage change over time, was strongest to the end of the 1990s, the rate of increase was after that lower until the mid-2000s and then increase again.

Reported offences

Number of reported offences in Sweden, per 100,000 population, 1995–2016.

The increase has occurred across the majority of offence categories during the period between 1975 and 2014. Reported car crimes including vehicle theft and theft out of and from a motor vehicle, however, have fallen since 1975 and are thus exceptions to this general trend. The number of reported assaults, including aggravated assaults, has increased four-fold since 1975 and the number of reported sexual offences has undergone a seven-fold increase.

Reported crimes against the person are numerically dominated by assaults, unlawful threats and non-sexual molestation. Over the course of 2016, a total of approximately 80,600 assault offences were reported, which constitutes an increase of 4 percent by comparison with the figure for 2015. Assaults on women aged 18 years or over increased by 12 percent to approximately 29,000 reported offences. In addition, there were a total of 1,890 reported cases of gross violation of a woman’s integrity. The number of reported assaults against men aged 18 years or over amounted to approximately 35,800 offences which is an increase of 2 % since the previous year.

About 20,300 sexual offences were reported in 2016, which represents an increase of 12 percent since 2015. There was a 13 percent increase in the number of reported rape offences, with 6,720 reported rapes being registered in 2016. The number of reported crimes of sexual coercion, exploitation, abuse etc. decreased by 10 percent by comparison with the figure for 2015 to approximately 1,290 cases.

Slightly over 504,000 theft offences were reported in 2016, which represents a decrease of 26,000 reported offences in relation to the figure for the previous year. This category of crimes accounts for 33 percent of the total number of reported offences. Subsequent to this point, the number of theft offences has declined. Approximately 12,200 car thefts were reported in 2016, along with nearly 51,300 thefts from motor vehicles. The number of car thefts declined by 6 percent, and the number of thefts from motor vehicles decreased with 5 percent compared with the figures for 2015.

In 2016, the number of reported robberies are slightly fewer compared with 2015, 8,560 offences. Muggings, which comprise approximately 70 percent of reported robbery offences, remained unchanged to 5,940 in 2016. A total of 827 robberies of shops and stores were reported in 2016, which constitutes an increase of 1 percent by comparison with 2015. A total of 13 bank robberies were reported in 2016. A total of approximately 4,500 incidents of violence against public servants (police, security officers etc.) were reported in 2016. This represents an increase of 1 percent by comparison with the number reported in 2015.

A total of about 22,000 residential burglaries (thefts committed in connection with break-ins) were reported in 2016, which represents a decrease of 3 percent by comparison with the figure for 2015. The number of reported fraud offences increased by 10 percent since last year, with 205,000 offences being reported.

Reported criminal damage offences increased by a total of 1 percent largely unchanged, to 195,000 crimes.

In addition, reported drug offences decreased by 3 percent by comparison with the figures for 2015, to approximately 90,900 reported offences. Road traffic offences decreased by 1 percent, with a total of approximately 79,300 offences being reported during the year.