On 27 March 2017, the Swiss Statistics Office released 2016 crime statistics. The total number of crimes recorded by the police fell by nearly 20,000 or 4.1% compared to 2015. This brings the total decline since 2009 to 15%. Total recorded crimes in 2016 were around 468,000, far below the 553,000 recorded in 2009.
While the total number of recorded crimes in 2016 fell compared to 2015, some crime figures rose. The largest increases in percentage terms were for document forgery (+42%), fraud (+33%), homicide (+17%), deprivation of freedom (+11%), and rape (+11%). The biggest rises in number terms were fraud (+3,875), document forgery (+2,897), sexual offenses (+573) and simple bodily injury (+406). Homicides rose from 198 to 232, and the number rapes climbed from 532 to 588.
These increases were more than cancelled out by declines in breach-of-trust crimes (-18%), muggings (-16%) and break-ins (-13%). The largest declines in numerical terms were break-in damage (-6,158), break-in theft (-5,446), depravation of freedom during break-in (-4,136), pick pocketing or deception(-3,221), and vehicle theft (-2,722).
Since 2009, the number of violent crimes has fallen 16%, the number of property related crimes has dropped 21%, and the number of crimes against liberty has fallen 12%. The only categories that have increased are sexual crimes (+10%) and document forgery (+95%).