Persons suspected of offences

During 2017, 177,000 persons were suspected of offences, which is an increase from 2016 with 3 300 persons (+2 %). Over a period of ten years (2008–2017) the number has however decreased with 7 260 persons (−4 %).

Persons suspected of offences

Number of persons suspected of offences 2008-2017.

Revision of the statistics

The statistics of persons suspected of offences was revised 2017 to improve the quality and usability of the statistics. The revised statistics includes all persons suspected of offences, while the previous statistics only included the persons still suspected after a crime investigation. The revised statistics is therefore not comparable with the previous statistics. The revised statistics replaces the previous statistics and is available from 2007.

The statistics of persons suspected of offences is based on the persons registered by Swedish Police, Swedish Custom and Swedish Prosecution Authority as suspected of offences. The statistics gives an overview of the number of people suspected of offences in Sweden, type of crime and how the persons are distributed by sex and age. The statistics does not include persons which have not reached the age of criminal responsibility (15 years).

Summary of the results 2017

During 2017, 177 000 persons were suspected of offences, which is an increase from 2016 with 3 300 persons (+2 %). Over a period of ten years (2008–2017) the number has however decreased with 7 260 persons (−4 %).

The proportion of the population suspected of offence has also decreased over the past ten years, from 2 400 to 2 140 persons per 100 000 persons of the population that has reached the age of criminal responsibility (15 years).

Comparing with 2016, the number of suspects has decreased for crimes against person (−2 %) and theft, robbery and offences of stealing (−4 %). It has increased for criminal damage (+2 %), fraud (+4 %), crimes against the Road Traffic Offences Act (+9 %) and crimes against the Narcotics Drugs (Penal) Act (+10 %).

Of the persons suspected of offences during 2017 were 35 000 women and 141 000 men, which gives a distribution of 20 percent women and 80 percent men. The distribution of women and men has approximately been the same over the past 10 years.

A majority (79 %) of the persons suspected of offence 2017 had an age of 21 years or older at the time of the crime. Persons between 15 and 20 years account for 21 percent of the total, whilst at the same time accounting for 8 percent of the population. Among older age groups, persons aged 50 or over accounted for 17 percent of the registered suspects in 2017 and 46 percent of the population. Thus the number of registered suspects in relation to population size is greater among younger age groups than it is among older segments of the population.

Among registered youth suspects aged between 15 and 20, crimes against person, drug and theft offences constitute the most common offence types, whereas offences against the Road Traffic Offences Act also is a common type of offence among those aged over 20.