Processed offences linked to a suspect

During 2017, 516 000 offences linked to a suspect were processed, which is an increase of 8 960 (+2 %) than 2016. Over a period of ten years (2008–2017), the number of processed offences linked to a suspect has increased with 4 percent.

Processed offences linked to a suspect

Number of processed offences linked to a suspect 2008-2017.

The statistics of processed offences linked to a suspect is based on offences and suspects registered and processed by Swedish Police, Swedish Customs and Swedish Prosecution Authority. A processed offence refers to an offence were a decision has been taken which entails that the processing of the offence was completed. Offences with person-based clearances are processed offences where a conviction decision (a decision to indict, issue a summary sanction order, or waive prosecution) has been made.

The statistics gives an overview of the number of processed offences linked to a suspect and is presented by the type of offence, type of decision and sex and age of the suspected person. The statistics does not include processed offences linked to suspects under the age of criminal responsibility (15 years).

The statistics of processed offences linked to a suspect is new from 2016, but it is available annually from 2007.

Summary of the results 2017

During 2017, 516 000 offences linked to a suspect were processed, which is an increase of 8 960 (+2 %) than 2016. Over a period of ten years (2008–2017), the number of processed offences linked to a suspect has increased with 4 percent.

The most common crime category among the processed offences linked to a suspect in 2017, was Crimes against person, which constituted 25 percent of the total. Other common offences were Crimes against the Narcotics Drugs Act (18 %), Theft and Robbery (13 %) and Crimes against the Road Traffic Offences Act (12 %).

For 216 000 (42 %) of the processed offences linked to a suspect, a person based clearances (a decision to indict, issue a summary sanction order, or waive prosecution) was made in 2017. The proportion of person based clearances has decreased over time, by 1 percentage point since 2016 and by 8 percentage points since 2008. The rest of the offences linked to a suspect have been subject to investigation limitation decision (7 %) or other type of decision (49 %). The proportion of the offences linked to a suspect which was subject to investigation limitation decisions have increased over the last ten years, with 3 percentage points.

The majority (426 000 or 83 percent) of the processed offences in 2017 was linked to a male suspect, this is a pattern which has been stable for the past ten years. Of the processed offences linked to a male suspect, 42 percent has been processed with a person based clearance; this proportion has decreased by 8 percentage points over the past ten years. Of the processed offences linked to a female suspect, 39 percent was processed with person based clearances, a decrease by 8 percentage points since 2008.

Of the processed offences, 90 500 were linked to a suspect aged 15 to 20 years, which constitutes 18 percent of all the processed offences linked to a suspect. The rest of the offences (423 000 or 82 percent) were linked to persons aged 21 and over. About two out of five (43 %) of the offences linked to persons aged 15 to 20 years, were processed with person based clearance in 2017. The corresponding proportion of person based clearances for offenses linked to persons aged 21 and over was 42 percent. The proportions have decreased over time, with 2 respectively 1 percentage points since 2008.

¹Person-based cleared offences are processed offences for which at least one suspect has been prosecuted through the commencement of a prosecution, the issuance of a summary sanction order or a waiver of prosecution.