Crime and criminal justice – Overview

Introduction

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What information can I find here?

Since 2008, the crime statistics published by Eurostat cover:

  • Police-recorded offences by type of crime;
  • Homicide victims by age, gender, and relationship to offender;
  • Offenders by justice process stage (suspected, prosecuted, convicted) and by age and gender;
  • Personnel by institution (police, prosecution, courts, and prisons) by gender;
  • Legal cases by type and stage;
  • Prisoners by age, gender and citizenship;
  • Prison capacity and occupancy.

Official crime statistics are available for EU Member States, EFTA Countries, EU Candidate Countries, and EU Potential Candidates. For the periods prior 2008, a limited set of statistics is available in the database. 

Note to users:

When analysing these statistics, please keep in mind that the data refer only to crimes recorded by authorities. This depends – among other things – on reports to the police from victims and witnesses. Inferring about crime occurrence from official crime figures can therefore be misleading. Furthermore, production of official crime statistics, such as how crimes are defined and counted, varies between countries and comparisons between countries can therefore be misleading (see here for more information).

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Highlights

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Explore our statistical article

You are not a ‘data-type’ person, but want to know more about crime and criminal justice statistics? Then our article in ‘Statistics Explained’ is for you!

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Stay up to date

Check out the latest Eurostat news published which provide some basic information as well as charts or infographics on the topic.

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Visualise recorded offences

On our map you can easily display different categories of offences, such as homicides, sexual violence, robbery, and compare your country to others.

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