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External environment and statistics

The police keeps a close eye on the ever-changing environment in which it operates. Analyses are useful for understanding social trends, megatrends and phenomena. These social changes have an impact on both the nature of crime and the safety of the public.

Analysing the external environment promotes intelligence-led policing. Analyses help the police to better identify and understand phenomena that affect police work. 

Responsibility for analysing the external environment and producing statistics for the police lies with the analysis operations team of the National Police Board’s Police Operations Unit. Broader analyses are also published on the police’s website. Some analyses are for the police’s internal use only.

Data can be analysed from different perspectives, such as in respect of perpetrators or victims. Global criminal phenomena are also analysed. The police constantly tracks the number of police reports in Finland to study the effect of international criminal phenomena on Finland.
 

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Crime statistics

In addition to analyses of the criminal environment, the police publishes statistics on all crimes reported to the police in the previous five years.

The nationwide statistics can be filtered by police department or by local authority. Statistics on the gender and age distribution of suspects and victims per type of crime are also published.
The police’s public statistics are based on data retrieved from the police reports system, and the latest figures are published here once a month.

Crime statistics by victim

Both nationwide and police department specific figures by age group are reported. The appendix always contains the latest figures, and the statistics cover the last five years.

Of all the cases that have come to the police’s attention, only those where the identity of the victim is known are included.

  • If a case involves multiple victims, it shows in the statistics as many times as there are victims. Victims are categorised by gender and age group.
  • The statistics are arranged by reporting date.
  • There are tabs for the total number of victims across the country and by area (police department).

Crime statistics by category

Crimes by category are reported nationally and by police department from the previous five years.

Suspects

The number of suspects nationally and by police department during the previous five years are reported by age group.

  • Of all the cases that have come to the police’s attention, only those where the identity of the suspect is known are included. If a case involves multiple suspects, it shows in the statistics as many times as there are suspects.
  • Suspects are categorised by gender and age group.
  • The statistics are arranged by reporting date.
  • There are tabs for the total number of crimes committed by known suspects across the country and by area (police department).

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