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TRENDS IN JUVENILE CRIME OVER THE PERIOD 2004-2014

The official statistics in Switzerland permit—besides general boundaries of the informative value of statistics (Urwyler & Nett 2012)—a few insights into the development of registered juvenile crime. A uniform and consistent collection of data is hindered by Switzerland’s federal structure. The official police crime statistics and juvenile sentencing statistics published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (Bundesamt fUr Statistik 2015a) measure different subject matter: “Ubertretungen” (violations that are categorized in the level below misdemeanor, from now on translated as petty crimes) are included in some statistics but not others. And whereas some statistics record only criminal offenses included in the CC others include violations of narcotics laws and traffic laws. Considering the fact that the diverse statistics cannot be compared with one another, the statistical information is supplemented with research on the dark figure of crime.

 
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