Processed hate crimes

Investigation and prosecution decisions for reported offences with an
identified hate crime motive in the years 2013-2016 and 2018. English summary of Brå report 2021:1

The presentation of processing decision types on the basis of motive and type of crime provides more detailed knowledge about the legal system's treatment of hate crime. This report is an examination of processing decision types for those reported offences for which the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå) has identified as featuring a hate crime motive during the years 2013-2016 and 2018.

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Increase in number of reported offences with no suspect

The number of reported offences with no suspect increased from just over 4,200 in 2013 to just over 5,700 in 2018. The number of reported crimes with a suspect, however, remained at a stable level throughout the entire period (around 1,300 crimes per year).

The results of this report also show that

  • the proportion of reported offences with an identified hate crime motive that were processed without a criminal investigation having been initiated increased somewhat during this period, from 41 per cent in 2013 to 48 per cent in 2018.
  • At the same time, there was a decrease in the proportion of reported offences for which an investigation was initiated but then closed, from 54 per cent in 2013 to 46 per cent in 2018.
  • During the same period, the proportion of reported offences with person-based clearance remained at a relatively stable level of 3.4-5.2 per cent.

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Författare: Anna Gavell Frenzel, Johanna Viberg, Nina Forselius and Sara Westerberg

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