Residential burglary

Of households, 1.2 per cent stated that they were exposed to residential burglary in 2016. During 2017, approximately 22,600 residential burglaries were reported – this is a 3 per cent increase as compared with the preceding year.

Victims of burglary

Percentage of victimised households nationwide, 2006–2016. Source: SCS.

According to the Swedish Crime Survey, 1.2 per cent of households were victims of burglary in 2016. This is an increase compared to last year, when 1.0 per cent of households were victims. Since the survey was commenced in 2006, the percentage of households that were victims of burglary has been relatively stable at approximately 1 per cent.

Number of residential burglaries

Number of reported cases of residential burglaries in single-family residences, terraced houses, and suchlike, as well as flats, 2008–2017. Source: Reported offences

Reported offences

In 2017, 89,700 burglaries were reported, which is a 1 per cent increase as compared with 2016. Residential burglaries increased by 3 per cent as compared to 2016. The number of reported burglaries in single-family homes and terraced houses decreased by 1 per cent as compared with the previous year, to 13,800 offences. Burglaries of flats increased by 9 per cent during 2017 to 8,790 burglaries during the year.

The number of reported residential burglaries has varied over the most recent ten years, but shows an upwards trend with an overall increase of 24 per cent as compared with 2008.

Reported burglaries in residences and holiday cottages during one year

Number of reported burglaries from residences for single-family homes, terraced houses, and suchlike, flats, and holiday cottages during 2017. Source: Reported offences

Over the past ten years, the reported burglaries of single-family homes have become increasingly seasonal. A more detailed analysis shows most burglaries of single-family homes take place in November, closely followed by December and October. This structure is not reflected in burglaries of flats, which show a relatively even level of number of reported offences over the year.

Cleared residential burglaries

Person-based clearance rate² for burglaries of single-family homes/terraced houses and suchlike, as well as flats, 2006 – 2015. Source: Processed offences

Processed offences

In 2015, 23,100 residential burglaries were processed.¹ Of these, investigation was commenced for 81 per cent (18,600 offences). Investigations were limited for only a few of the processed offences (96, or <0.5 per cent), and in all cases after investigation was commenced. The number of processed residential burglaries with at least one person registered as reasonably suspected of the offence amounted to only 8 per cent (1,7480 offences). Since this is a relatively small percentage, there were also few offences with person-based clearances (811 offences).

The person-based clearance rate² for residential burglaries amounted to 4 per cent in 2015, which is one percentage point less than 2014. It is also one percentage point less than the level ten years ago.

The conviction rate², i.e. the percentage of person-based clearances of the investigated offences in 2014, was somewhat higher at 5 per cent.

Persons suspected of residential burglary

Number of persons suspected of residential burglary of single-family homes, terraced houses, and suchlike, as well as residential burglary of flats, 2006 – 2015. Source: Persons suspected of offences

Persons suspected of offences

There were 1,050 persons suspected of residential burglary in 2015. This is a reduction of 16 suspected persons, or 2 per cent, as compared with 2014. During the most recent ten years, the number of persons suspected of residential burglary has increased by 8 per cent. The temporary reduction during 2007 is largely attributable to a system restructuring conducted by the public prosecutor that year.

Convictions

Residential burglary is not a distinct legal designation but, instead, is included in the total classification of grand larceny. Accordingly, one cannot specifically isolate residential burglary in the statistics of persons convicted of offences. Of those found guilty of grand larceny, slightly less than one-half are sentenced to imprisonment.

¹) The statistic for processed offences reports the number of reported offences where the police, public prosecutor, or other investigatory authority has taken a decision regarding the offence.

²) Person-based clearance means that a person suspected of the offence has been tied to the offence through an indictment, the issuance of a summary sanction order, or the issuance of a waiver of prosecution.

  • The person-based clearance rate reports the number of offences with person-based clearances during one year as a percentage of the number of processed offences during the same year. As from 2014, an adjusted person-based clearance rate is reported. The metric is essentially structured in the same way as previously, however, it is calculated based on all processed offences instead of all reported offences.

  • The conviction rate reports the number of person-based clearances during one year as a per cent of all investigated offences, excluding offences with limitations of investigation during the same period.