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Reported offences

In 2015 approximately 1,500,000 offences were reported to the police, the customs authority or the prosecution service. This represents an increase of 60, 000 reported offences by comparison with the figure for 2014.

In particular, increases were noted in the offence categories criminal damage and fraud. During the same period, the number of reported offences decreased in the categories, theft, robbery and other offences of stealing, sexual offences and road traffic offences.

The types of crimes for which the number of reported offences increased the most between 2014 and 2015 were computer fraud, graffiti affecting public transportation and other damage.

Thetypes of offences that decreased most were bicycle theft, other thefts, theft of other fuels, and obstruction of tax control.

Since 2006, the number of reported offences has increased by approximately 278,000 (+23%). Since 1975, the trend in the total number of reported offences has been characterised by a continuous increase. However, the average rate of increase, i.e. the percentage change year on year, has not been as strong since the end of the 1990s.

Reported offences

Number of reported offences in Sweden, per 100,000 population, 1995–2015.

Reported crimes against the person are numerically dominated by assaults, unlawful threats and non-sexual molestation. Over the course of 2015, a total of approximately 85,100 assault offences were reported, which constitutes an increase of 2 percent by comparison with the figure for 2014. Assaults on women aged 18 years or over increased by 2 percent to approximately 29,000 reported offences. In addition, there were a total of 1,580 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 35,300 offences which are a decrease of 1 percent since the previous year.

About 18,100 sexual offences were reported in 2015, which represents an decrease of 11 percent since 2014. There was an 12 percent increase in the number of reported rape offences, with 5,920 reported rapes being registered in 2015. The number of reported crimes of sexual coercion, exploitation, abuse etc. decreased by 6 percent by comparison with the figure for 2014 to approximately 1,430 cases.

In 2015, the number of reported robberies increased comparison with the number reported in 2014, by one percent, to 8,460 offences. Robberies against the person, i.e. those perpetrated against private individuals, which comprise approximately 70 percent of reported robbery offences, decreased by one percent to 5,970 in 2015. A total of 817 robberies of shops and stores were reported in 2015, which constitutes a increase of 5 percent by comparison with 2014. A total of 23 bank robberies were reported in 2015.

Slightly over 530,000 theft offences were reported in 2015, which represents an decrease of 10,700 reported offences in relation to the figure for the previous year. This category of crimes accounts for 35 percent of the total number of reported offences. Subsequent to this point, the number of theft offences has declined. Approximately 13,200 car thefts were reported in 2015, along with 54,100 thefts from motor vehicles. The number of car thefts declined by 7 percent, and the number of thefts from motor vehicles increased with 3 percent compared with the figures for 2014.

A total of about 22,800 residential burglaries (thefts committed in connection with break-ins) were reported in 2015, which represents an increase of 2 percent by comparison with the figure for 2014. The number of reported fraud offences increased by 19 percent since last year, with 186,000 offences being reported.

Reported criminal damage offences increased by a total of 29 percent, to 195,000 crimes.

In addition, reported drug offences decreased by one percent by comparison with the figures for 2014, to approximately 94,000 reported offences. The road traffic offences decreased by 3 percent, to a total of approximately 80,000 offences being reported during the year.

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