Number of reported offences adjusted down
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Offences and victims reported to the police1993-2001



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Number of reported offences adjusted down

The number of offences reported to the police has been reduced by 5.4 and 7 per cent, according to revised statistics on reported offences in the period 1993-2001. The changes are considerable for some types of offences, but the general picture is relatively unchanged.

New crime statistics from Statistics Norway on offences reported to the police

The statistics on offences reported to the police for the period 1993-2001 have been revised (cf. NOS Crime statistics 2001 ). As it was not possible to revise the statistics for 1992, 1993 is now the first year for which statistics on offences reported to the police are available from Statistics Norway. This revision will be followed up for later years, and new statistics for 2002-2004 will be published by the end of second quarter of 2005.

Theft and drug also dominate the new crime statistics

The revision (see textbox at the bottom) has been more comprehensive for crimes committed for personal profit and drug trafficking offences than for other types of offences. However, these offences still dominate the picture with regard to level and development of the total number of reported offences in the period 1993-2001. Crimes committed for personal profit constitute the largest group of offences reported to the police, and the level of these offences has remained relatively stable since the mid-1990s. Drug trafficking offences have had the highest increase in relative terms. During the last seven years of the reference period the number of such offences more than doubled.

Offences reported to the police, by group of offence. 1993-2001. Number
Total 327 466   332 771   377 478   385 446   402 252   415 472   407 277   424 918   417 166
Crimes 230 180 234 941 267 925 271 205 284 695 293 799 291 924 306 526 299 714
Misdemeanours97 28697 830 109 553 114 241 117 557 121 673 115 353 118 392 117 452
Group of offence         
Economic offences6 6806 3757 8726 6986 9687 5027 5458 2808 014
Other offences for profit 187 422 190 686 207 242 208 813 214 865 219 949 213 183 221 577 207 041
Offences of violence16 09616 86518 07619 29919 28819 83920 37123 57224 180
Sexual offences2 1732 1022 2443 5183 3722 9452 8042 7723 058
Offences of narcotics12 71413 55021 43525 00931 21735 14437 42640 73046 251
Damage to property16 20817 08424 25824 66527 59230 47030 17128 82825 396
Environment offences3 3553 6863 8673 7113 8663 8133 6073 3833 454
Work environment offences 766 8721 017 9981 2061 260 985 963 945
Traffic offences49 75047 22653 94552 80555 65757 37054 26856 39157 202
Other offences32 30234 32537 52239 93038 22137 18036 91738 42241 625

Number of offences reported to the police, revised and previously published. 1993-2001

The revision has had a greater impact on some types of offences than others. This is the case for some types of financial crimes, where the number of frauds reported to the police has decreased by 15-20 per cent and embezzlements by about 10 per cent.

Overall reduction

The extent of the revision varies somewhat from year to year. The most comprehensive revisions were done for 1998, with the removal of more than 31 000 offences from the statistics. In addition, the importance of the revision varies for different types of offences. Compared with previously published statistics there has been a somewhat larger decrease - both in absolute numbers and as a percentage - for crimes than for summary offences (see figure). However, it is essentially a matter of a general reduction of the level - with an average annual reduction of 6.2 per cent for all offences reported to the police. For instance, in 2001, the distribution by group of offence in the revised statistics contains an almost identical share of the total as in the previously published statistics (see table).

Offences reported to the police,
by group of offence. Revised and previous
published. 2001. Per cent
Group of offence2001,
previous published
Total 100.0 100.0
Economic offences1.91.9
Other offences for profit49.650.3
Offences of violence5.85.7
Sexual offences0.70.7
Offences of narcotics11.111.1
Damage to property6.15.9
Environment offences0.80.8
Work environment offences0.20.2
Traffic offences13.713.6
Other offences10.09.7
Background and method of revision, 1993-2001

The statistics are based on material from the police central register system STRASAK, which includes all offences registered by the police in the various police districts in Norway. The background for the revision is that some cases are transferred from one police district to another and thus the same offence is registered in both police districts. The revision is conducted by the use of information registered by the police themselves. When an offence has been registered several times, only the first registration is kept for statistical use.

The revision of the statistics involves the elimination of a considerable source of error. Some uncertainty is still tied to the accuracy of the revision, and the revision may have had a different impact for different years. After a thorough examination of different data and crime statistics, in addition to dialogue with Norwegian Police Data and Procurement Service (PDMT), Statistics Norway is of the opinion that the revision has entailed a considerable quality increase of the statistics on offences reported to the police.

Use of population to index has also changed

In calculations which include population figures (see tables), figures per 1 January in the statistical year will be used for the statistics on offences reported to the police (as distinct from previously, where per 31 December in the statistical year was used). This will become the practice for all future statistics including this one, also the ones involving previous years.