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Country vs country: Switzerland and United States compared: Crime

Author: Edsel.G

Author: Edsel.G

As of 2010, Switzerland has an estimated number of crimes at 530 thousand. Of that more than half-a-million crimes, there are 53 deaths by murder and homicide and close to 200 were failed murder attempts. In the US, the number is significantly higher, but that does not necessarily mean that crime is worse in the US; it must be noted that Switzerland has a population of a little more than 8 million, while the US is close to 300 million.

The most serious crimes in Switzerland include assault, rape, and burglary. By 2012, rape in the country, according to a UN study, was at 8.7 crimes per 100 thousand population. The US, based on the same study for the same period, has 28.6 rapes per 100 thousand.

For assault crimes, Switzerland has approximately 115 crimes committed by 2012, compared against 212 in the US. Technically, assault as a crime can vary between countries. In many European countries like Sweden or Norway, assault can include those which may not cause serious physical injuries. In some countries, however, assault merely covers those which resulted in serious bodily harm. This second definition is used to define assault in the US and Switzerland.

Burglary is the most serious crime in Switzerland and it has the 10th highest recorded burglary crimes among all OECD (Organization for European Economic Cooperation) countries. According to the same [UN study] (http://www.civitas.org.uk/crime/crimestatsoecdjan2012.pdf), the small yet wealthy European country has over 840 burglaries by 2012 against 715 in the US.

Definitions

  • Assaults: Number of assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Burglaries: Number of burglaries recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Car thefts: Total recorded automobile thefts. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Drug offences: Drug offence cases per 100,000 population (2000).
  • Illicit drugs: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Murder rate: Homicide rate per year per 100,000 inhabitants in various countries.
  • Murders with firearms: Total recorded intentional homicides committed with a firearm. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Police officers: Number of police officers per 100,000 population.
  • Prisoners: Total persons incarcerated
  • Prisoners > Per capita: Data for 2003. Number of prisoners held per 100,000 population.
  • Rape victims: People victimized by sexual assault (as a % of the total population). Data refer to female population only. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Rapes: Number of sexual assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Robberies: Number of robberies recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Software piracy rate: The piracy rate is the total number of units of pirated software deployed in 2007 divided by the total units of software installed.
  • Total crimes: Note: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
STAT Switzerland United States HISTORY
Assaults 108.3
Ranked 31st.
786.7
Ranked 1st. 7 times more than Switzerland

Burglaries 758.1
Ranked 8th. 6% more than United States
714.4
Ranked 9th.

Car thefts 65,571
Ranked 11th.
1.25 million
Ranked 1st. 19 times more than Switzerland

Drug offences 49,201 per 100,000 people
Ranked 5th. 88 times more than United States
560.1 per 100,000 people
Ranked 41st.

Illicit drugs a major international financial center vulnerable to the layering and integration stages of money laundering; despite significant legislation and reporting requirements, secrecy rules persist and nonresidents are permitted to conduct business through offshore entities and various intermediaries; transit country for and consumer of South American cocaine, Southwest Asian heroin, and Western European synthetics; domestic cannabis cultivation and limited ecstasy production world's largest consumer of cocaine (shipped from Colombia through Mexico and the Caribbean), Colombian heroin, and Mexican heroin and marijuana; major consumer of ecstasy and Mexican methamphetamine; minor consumer of high-quality Southeast Asian heroin; illicit producer of cannabis, marijuana, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine; money-laundering center

Murder rate 0.71 5

Murders with firearms 68
Ranked 23th.
9,369
Ranked 4th. 138 times more than Switzerland

Police officers 0.9%
Ranked 10th.
243.6%
Ranked 27th. 271 times more than Switzerland

Prisoners 4,982 prisoners
Ranked 96th.
2.02 million prisoners
Ranked 1st. 405 times more than Switzerland

Prisoners > Per capita 72 per 100,000 people
Ranked 111th.
715 per 100,000 people
Ranked 1st. 10 times more than Switzerland

Rape victims 0.6%
Ranked 12th. 50% more than United States
0.4%
Ranked 13th.

Rapes 8.5
Ranked 29th.
30.2
Ranked 5th. 4 times more than Switzerland

Robberies 54.6
Ranked 36th.
146.4
Ranked 10th. 3 times more than Switzerland

Software piracy rate 25%
Ranked 97th. 25% more than United States
20%
Ranked 106th.

Total crimes 307,631
Ranked 31st.
11.88 million
Ranked 1st. 39 times more than Switzerland

SOURCES: European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control International Statistics on Crime and Justice, 2011; The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002) (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention); CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002) (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention); International Centre for Prison Studies - World Prison Brief; UNICRI (United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute). 2002. Correspondence on data on crime victims. March. Turin; European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control International Statistics on Crime and Justice, 2011; Fifth Annual BSA and IDC Global Software Piracy Study

Citation

"Crime: Switzerland and United States compared", NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/compare/Switzerland/United-States/Crime

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As of 2010, Switzerland has an estimated number of crimes at 530 thousand. Of that more than half-a-million crimes, there are 53 deaths by murder and homicide and close to 200 were failed murder attempts. In the US, the number is significantly higher, but that does not necessarily mean that crime is worse in the US; it must be noted that Switzerland has a population of a little more than 8 million, while the US is close to 300 million.

The most serious crimes in Switzerland include assault, rape, and burglary. By 2012, rape in the country, according to a UN study, was at 8.7 crimes per 100 thousand population. The US, based on the same study for the same period, has 28.6 rapes per 100 thousand.

For assault crimes, Switzerland has approximately 115 crimes committed by 2012, compared against 212 in the US. Technically, assault as a crime can vary between countries. In many European countries like Sweden or Norway, assault can include those which may not cause serious physical injuries. In some countries, however, assault merely covers those which resulted in serious bodily harm. This second definition is used to define assault in the US and Switzerland.

Burglary is the most serious crime in Switzerland and it has the 10th highest recorded burglary crimes among all OECD (Organization for European Economic Cooperation) countries. According to the same [UN study] (http://www.civitas.org.uk/crime/crimestatsoecdjan2012.pdf), the small yet wealthy European country has over 840 burglaries by 2012 against 715 in the US.

Posted on 06 Apr 2014

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