|Updated: 2.4.2013 - Next update: 2.4.2014|
Offences against the person
In 2012, a total of 38,000 assault offences were recorded, which is five per cent less than in the corresponding period of 2011. The law reform that entered into force at the beginning of 2011, increased the number of assault offences recorded in 2011. Over the period 2002 to 2011 an average of 32,000 assault offences were recorded per year. Aggravated assaults decreased by nine per cent compared to the previous year and amounted to 1,900.
Good one-third of assault offences are committed in private dwellings. In one-third of the cases, the scene of the assault is a public place outside business centres and public occasions.
The recorded number of offences against life was 89. This was 25 cases less than in 2011. The annual average was 120 for the ten-year period 2002 to 2011. The corresponding figure was 143 between 1992 and 2001. The number of attempted manslaughters, murders or homicides increased from 306 to 350. The average for the previous ten-year period was 340.
In 2012, nearly two-thirds of the offences against life were committed in a private dwelling.
The number of rapes recorded was 1,009, against 1,039 in the previous year. From 2002 to 2011, an average of 710 rapes were reported. The recorded number of sexual exploitations of a child was 1,567, which is 51 per cent (526 cases) more than the annual average for the period 2002 to 2011. The numbers of rapes and sexual exploitations of a child vary much yearly. Individual reports of an offence may include a series of incidents comprising several criminal acts.
Statistics Finland / Offences known to the police
Description of indicator
The statistics on offences known to the police describe the regional
distribution of offences and activities of the Police, the Customs and the Finnish Border Guard. The statistics contain
data on the types and numbers of detected offences. In addition, they examine
the numbers of offences investigated and solved by the police, proportions of
solved offences by type of offence and cases where reporting has been found