Reported offences

In 2019 approximately 1,550,000 offences were reported to the police, the customs authority or the prosecution service. This represents a decrease of 2,220 reported offences by comparison with the figure for 2018.

In particular, an increase was noted in the offence categories criminal damage and drug offences. The types of crimes in drug offences for which the number of reported offences increased the most between 2018 and 2019 were possession and personal misuse.

During the same period, the number of reported offences decreased in the category fraud. The types of offences in the category that decreased most were fraud (1–3 §) and blackmail, extortion.

Since 2010, the number of reported offences has increased by approximately 178,000 (+13 %). Since 1975, the trend in the total number of reported offences has been characterised by a continuous increase. However, the rate of increase, i.e. the percentage change over time, was strongest to the end of the 1990s, the rate of increase after that was lower, until another increase started in the mid-2000s.


Reported offences

Number of reported offences in Sweden, per 100,000 population, 1995–2019.

The increase has occurred across the majority of offence categories during the period between 1975 and 2014. Reported car crimes including vehicle theft and theft out of and from a motor vehicle, however, have fallen since 1975, and are thus exceptions to this general trend. The number of reported assaults, including aggravated assaults, has increased four-fold since 1975 and the number of reported sexual offences has undergone a seven-fold increase.

Reported crimes against the person are numerically dominated by assaults, unlawful threats and non-sexual molestation. Over the course of 2019, a total of approximately 84,600 assault offences were reported, which constitutes an increase of 2 per cent by comparison with the figure for 2018. Assaults on women aged 18 years or over decreased by 1 per cent to approximately 28,400 reported offences. In addition, there were a total of 1,720 reported cases of gross violation of a woman’s integrity. The number of reported assaults against men aged 18 years or over amounted to approximately 30,700 offences which is unchanged since the previous year.

About 23,200 sexual offences were reported in 2019, which represents an increase of 3 per cent since 2018. There was an 8 per cent increase in the number of reported rape offences, with 8,580 reported rapes being registered in 2019. The number of reported crimes of sexual molestation decreased by 2 per cent by comparison with the figure for 2018, to approximately 10,500 cases.

Slightly over 436,000 theft offences were reported in 2019, which represents a decrease of 9,080 reported offences in relation to the figure for the previous year. This category of crimes accounts for 28 per cent of the total number of reported offences. Subsequent to this point, the number of theft offences has declined. Approximately 10,300 car thefts were reported in 2019, along with 44,800 thefts out of motor vehicles. The number of car thefts declined by 9 per cent, and the number of thefts out of motor vehicles decreased with 3 per cent compared with the figures for 2018.

In 2019, the number of reported robberies increased with 4 per cent compared with the number reported in 2018, with 9,040 reported offences being registered. Muggings, which comprise approximately 85 per cent of reported robbery offences, increased by 13 per cent to 7,650 in 2019. A total of 495 robberies of shops and stores were reported in 2019, which constitutes a decrease of 4 per cent by comparison with 2018. A total of 12 bank robberies were reported in 2019. A total of approximately 3,940 incidents of violence against public servants (police, security officers etc.) were reported in 2019, this was a decrease of 2 per cent compared with the number reported in 2018. A total of about 14,700 residential burglaries were reported in 2019, which represents a decrease of 14 per cent by comparison with the figure for 2018. The number of reported fraud offences decreased by 6 per cent since last year, with 245,000 offences being reported.

Reported criminal damage offences increased by a total of 8 per cent, to 205,000 crimes.

In addition, reported drug offences increased by 6 per cent by comparison with the figures for 2018, to approximately 113,000 reported offences. During the year a total of approximately 85,700 road traffic offences were reported, which is a decrease by 7 per cent compared to 2018.