Persons suspected of offences

During 2019, 189,000 persons were suspected of offences, which is an increase since 2018 with 8,420 persons (+5 %). Over a period of ten years (2010–2019) the number has decreased with 6,860 persons (−3 %).

Persons suspected of offences

Number of persons suspected of offences 2010-2019.

Revision of the statistics

The statistics of persons suspected of offences was revised 2018 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 2019

During 2019, 189,000 persons were suspected of offences, which is an increase since 2018 with 8,420 persons (+5 %). Over a period of ten years (2010–2019) the number has decreased with 6,860 persons (−3 %).

Persons suspected of offence in proportion of the population has also decreased since 2010, from 2,510 to 2,220 persons per 100,000 persons of the population that has reached the age of criminal responsibility (15 years).

Compared with the figure for 2018, the number of suspects has decreased for theft, robbery and other offences of stealing by 4 per cent. During the same period, the number of suspects increased in the offence categories, fraud (+15 %), and crimes against the Narcotics Drugs (Penal) Act (+8 %).

Of the persons suspected of offences during 2019, 39,800 were women and 149,000 were men, this gives a distribution of 21 per cent women and 79 per cent men. The distribution of women and men has been approximately the same over the past 10 years.

Of the persons suspected of offence 2019 a majority (80 %) was aged of 21 and over at the time of the crime. Persons aged 15 to 20 years account for 20 per cent of the total, whilst at the same time accounting for 8 per cent of the population. Among older age groups, persons aged 50 and over accounted for 18 per cent of the registered suspects in 2019 and 46 per cent 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 15 to 20 years, 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 20 and over.