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Crime statistics

Reported offences

Total number of reported offences 2014Excel
Reported offences, 1950-2014Excel

Reported hate crimes

Number and percentage of police reports, with a hate crime motive, 2004—2010Excel
Number and percentage of police reports, with a hate crime motive, by type of offence, 2010Excel
Number of police reports with a Afrophobic motive,2008-2010Excel 2007
Number of police reports with an anti-Roma motive,2008-2010Excel 2007

Processed offences

Processed offences, 2014Excel

Persons suspected of offences

Persons suspected of offences, 2014Excel

Persons found guilty of offences

By principal offence, 1975–2014Excel

By principal sanction etc, 1975–2014Excel

By principal offence and principal sanction etc, 2014Excel

The Prison and Probation Service

Persons sentenced to imprisonment and admitted to prison:

By principal offence, 1994-2014Excel

By length of sentence, 1994-2014Excel

By age, 1996-2014Excel

Recidivism

Recidivists among all persons by gender 2004–2008Excel

Recidivists among all persons by age 2004–2008Excel

Recidivists among all women by age 2004–2008Excel

Recidivists among all men by age 2004–2008Excel

Recidivists among all persons by number of previous convictions 2004–2008Excel

Recidivists among all women by number of previous convictions 2004–2008Excel

Recidivists among all men by number of previous convictions 2004–2008Excel

Recidivists among all persons released from prison by sentence length 2004–2008Excel

Median number of days to first recidivist offence by gender and age 2004–2008Excel

Number of incidents of recidivism per person by gender and number of previous convictions 2004–2008Excel

Recidivists among all initial events by principal sanction 2004–2008Excel

Recidivists among all initial events by principal offence 2004–2008Excel

A note on making international comparisons

Criminal statistics are influenced by both legal and statistical factors, and by the extent to which crime is reported and registered. These factors can vary from one country to another. There are no international standards for how crime statistics should be produced and presented and this makes international comparisons difficult.

The legal factors that influence criminal statistics include the way offences are defined in the relevant legislation, for example, as well as the rules and guiding principles that obtain for the work of the police and prosecutors.

The statistical factors that exert an influence include the principles that determine when a crime is recorded in the statistics. In some countries an event is only recorded in the criminal statistics if, after investigation, it can legitimately be considered a crime or where there is sufficient evidence that a crime has been committed. Swedish statistics, on the other hand, record all reported events as crimes even if some of them are later found not to have constituted criminal offences.
Every country has its own principles about what is to be recorded as a criminal act. In some countries, if several offences are committed on the same occasion, only the most serious of these will be recorded. In Sweden, every offence committed on a single occasion is recorded in principle.

Methods of counting crime also vary from one country to another. Several offences of the same kind against a single victim will be counted in some countries as a single crime. By contrast, in Swedish criminal statistics every offence occurring under these circumstances is counted separately.

The statistical classification of different types of incidents also varies. This is true of attempted offences, for example, which are in Sweden counted together with completed crimes. In a number of other countries, attempted offences are either recorded separately or ignored for statistical purposes.

Criminal statistics are also influenced by public willingness to report crime, and by the efforts made by the police to deal with reported crime in the light of the way they prioritise different types of offences. This too may vary from country to country, making international comparisons more difficult.

The Swedish Crime Survey (a survey of self-reported victimization) constitutes a valuable indicator of  exposure to crime (for example in relation to the official crime statistics), as a means of describing perceptions of safety (or fear of crime) or confidence, and also as a national reference point for other surveys.

If you have any questions about Swedish crime statistics, please contact us at info@bra.se.

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