Crime rates in Switzerland

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) disseminates data on crime at the international level. The data are collected through an annual United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and Operations of Criminal Justice Systems. In order to conduct cross-country comparisons we look at the crime rates per 100,000 people as opposed to the absolute number of crimes which is largely dependent on the population size of the country.

According to the UNOCD data for 2012, the number of thefts per 100,000 people in Switzerland was 2010 which places Switzerland at rank 11 globally. The data on theft exclude bulglary, housebreaking, theft of a motor vehicle, and robbery. Globally, over 15 million thefts are recorded annually. Looking at the robbery rate, Switzerland is at place 35 in the world with 76 police-recorded offences per 100,000 people.

In terms of the homicide rate, 0.6 homicides per 100,000 people were reported in Switzerland in 2012, rank 148 globally. The intentional homicide data also include deaths from terrorist attacks. You can click on the link in the table to find out whether the homicides rate in Switzerland increased or decreased over the years. As of 2012, the kidnapping rate in Switzerland was 3.7 kidnappings per 100,000 people.

One of the UNOCD data sets is on the imprisonment rate, which measures the number of persons held in prisons, penal institutions or correctional institutions per 100,000 people. According to this indicator, Switzerland ranks at place 121 globally in 2010 with 74 prisoners held per 100,000 people.
Global rank
Thefts per 100,000 people 2010 11 2012
Robberies per 100,000 people 76 35 2012
Homicides per 100,000 people 0.6 148 2012
Kidnappings per 100,000 people 3.7 15 2012
Prisoners per 100,000 people 74 121 2010
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