Juvenile Suspects

For the trends and developments in the number of juveniles suspected of involvement in offending, we use registered data on suspects derived from the Basic Enforcement Provision (BVH) police database. The decline in the relative number of juvenile suspects that began in 2010 has continued in the period from 2015 to 2023. The decrease in the proportion of juvenile suspects since 2010 seems to have stabilized somewhat in the most recent years, up to and including 2022. In 2022, there were 14 suspects per 1,000 juveniles and 20 per 1,000 adolescents.

Latest update: September 2023

Number of Juvenile Suspects per 1,000 Peers

Number of Juvenile Suspects per 1,000 Peers
12- to 16-year-olds16- to 18-year-olds12- to 18-year-olds18- to 23-year-olds

Note: 2019 and 2020 involve preliminary statistics.

Source table as .csv (413 bytes)

Trends in Juvenile Suspects based on Various Background Characteristics

For trends in the number of registered juvenile suspects in the years 2018 to 2023, we also looked at various individual characteristics, including migration background, school dropout rate, and municipality of residence.

Trends fluctuate when divided into different types of offenses

Among minor suspects, property crimes are most common, especially shoplifting. In 2022, these increased compared to the two previous years, returning to the same level as in 2018. The number of minor suspects for weapon and drug offenses more or less remained constant from 2018 to 2022. The slight increase in 2019 may be due to a different method of incident registration by the police. Among adolescent suspects, 2022 statistics portray an increase in traffic offenses, while property, violent, and drug offenses show a slight decrease, and the proportion of suspects for other offenses remains nearly stable.

More Nuanced Picture of Juvenile Crime Trends and Developments

Police statistics on juvenile suspects only provide a partial image of actual juvenile crime. After all, the police do not detect all offenses. A more nuanced picture of trends and developments in juvenile crime based on a variety of sources is provided in the full Juvenile Crime Monitor.