This is an archived release.
Decrease in use and possession of narcotics
The 421 000 offences reported to the police in 2003 are somewhat below the annual average in the period 1999-2003. Offences for profit and narcotics had the strongest influence on the total decrease of 3.8 per cent compared with the previous year.
Statistics on offences reported to the police 1993-2003 from Statistics Norway
Statistics on offences reported to the police are recently revised for the period 1993-2002 (see publication 12 May 2005). SSB has a result of this, and the technical re-adjustment of the police central register system (STRASAK/PAL, made from October 2002 included), changed the routines for processing the statistics on offences reported to the police. Revision and changes in processing are made to, among other things, improve statistics quality assurance, accuracy and that the time periods to a great extent should be comparable (see About the statistics).
For this reason, it has not been possible for Statistics Norway to complete and publish the statistics on offences reported to the police 2003 until now. Statistics on offences reported in 2004 will be published within the end of 2nd quarter of 2005.
Less narcotic offences reported to the police
The first decrease in reported narcotics offences in Norway came in 2002. The decrease was then particularly due to less reported offences for use of narcotics, and the total extent of narcotic offences was still larger than what was the case the previous years to 2001. In 2003 the number of reported narcotic offences dropped further, and a lot sharper - by 18.7 per cent compared with 2002. In 2003 there was a total of 36 700 narcotic offences reported to the police, which is the lowest number since 1999.
Most types of narcotic offences has a decline, but the reduction is somewhat stronger for the least serious cases: The number of cases of use of narcotics decreased by 21 per cent, and by that reached below the level of 1998. Similarly possession of small quantities of narcotics (due to the Act relating to Medicinal Products and Poisons etc.) decreased by 22 per cent, and the somewhat more serious narcotic crimes decreased by 17 per cent. The number of the most serious types of narcotic crimes also decreased 8 per cent compared with 2002, but in the light of previous years still on a relative high level.
|Offences reported to the police, by group of offence. 1993-2003. Number|
|Total||327 466||332 771||377 478||385 446||402 252||415 472||407 277||424 918||417 166||437 250||420 762|
|Crimes||230 180||234 941||267 925||271 205||284 695||293 799||291 924||306 526||299 714||319 523||303 824|
|Misdemeanours||97 286||97 830||109 553||114 241||117 557||121 673||115 353||118 392||117 452||117 727||116 938|
|Group of offence|
|Economic offences||6 680||6 375||7 872||6 698||6 968||7 502||7 545||8 280||8 014||7 950||15 951|
|Other offences for profit||187 422||190 686||207 242||208 813||214 865||219 949||213 183||221 577||207 041||226 285||214 973|
|Offences of violence||16 096||16 865||18 076||19 299||19 288||19 839||20 371||23 572||24 180||25 289||24 478|
|Sexual offences||2 173||2 102||2 244||3 518||3 372||2 945||2 804||2 772||3 058||3 142||3 322|
|Offences of narcotics||12 714||13 550||21 435||25 009||31 217||35 144||37 426||40 730||46 251||45 092||36 657|
|Damage to property||16 208||17 084||24 258||24 665||27 592||30 470||30 171||28 828||25 396||22 809||21 618|
|Environment offences||3 355||3 686||3 867||3 711||3 866||3 813||3 607||3 383||3 454||2 900||2 391|
|Work environment offences||766||872||1 017||998||1 206||1 260||985||963||945||887||793|
|Traffic offences||49 750||47 226||53 945||52 805||55 657||57 370||54 268||56 391||57 202||59 339||59 537|
|Other offences||32 302||34 325||37 522||39 930||38 221||37 180||36 917||38 422||41 625||43 557||41 042|
Every fourth larceny committed in Oslo
Offences for profit makes more than half of all offences reported to the police, and had compared with the previous year a decrease of 5 per cent. During the period 1997-2003 the number of reported offences for profit has varied, and the number in 2003 is somewhat below the annual average for the period.
Relative to population, Oslo has the most offences reported to the police, of both offences for profit, damage to property and offences of violence. According to per 1 000 population, Oslo has more than twice as many reported larcenies and other offences for profit compared with the total nationwide. Oslo is the scene of crime for more than 26 per cent of all larcenies reported to the police in Norway. This strong overrepresentation of larcenies contributes to a considerably extent in making Oslo the county and police district with the most offences reported to the police.
One case of fraud doubled the economic offences
Because of one big case, including about 8 000 frauds, the total extent of economic offences were doubled - and a lot higher than all previous years.
Increase in number of sexual offences?
Despite an overall decline, the number of sexual offences reported to the police increased by 5.7 per cent. Because of changes in law and in the methods of registration, it is difficult to tell if the increase in the statistics involves a corresponding increase in the number of offences reported to the police.
Many offences committed abroad
A considerable number of offences committed abroad are reported to the police in Norway. Offences for profit makes more than 82 per cent of almost 6 500 offences, and most of them happened in countries that often are visited by Norwegian residents. Sweden, Denmark and Spain - which had about 1 000 offences each - are the countries outside Norway leading to most offences reported to the police.