Up until a few years ago, Sweden was counted among the European countries with relatively low levels of homicide. However, the homicide rate has increased in Sweden, and is now higher than that of many other countries. The increase in Sweden is primarily linked to an increase in gun violence.
It is easy to misinterpret crime statistics, and this is especially true when it comes to making international comparisons. Here are the reasons why.
Brå conducts research to develop new knowledge and provides support to local crime prevention work. The results of Brå's work are a basis for decision makers within the judicial system, the Parliament and the Government.
The Swedish Crime Survey (SCS or Nationella trygghetsundersökningen – NTU – in Swedish) is an annual survey of the attitudes and experiences of the general population of Sweden regarding victimization, fear of crime and public confidence in the justice system.
Brå has the important task of reporting on crime trends in Sweden. In addition to statistics regarding reported offences and the Swedish Crime Survey we also use other statistical sources and research.