Violent crime

Last updated 27/09/2019 - 11:31

Slight drop in the incidence of violent crime in the Helsinki region

In April–June, 2% fewer violent crimes were reported to the police in the Helsinki region than in the corresponding period in the previous year. According to the preliminary data of Statistics Finland, the incidence of violent crime declined correspondingly in the entire country.

In April–June, approximately 2,980 crimes against life and health or sexual crimes were reported to the police in the Helsinki region, approximately half of which were committed in Helsinki.

Decline in the number of crimes

The number of violent crimes reported to the police increased significantly in 2011, when even minor assaults became subject to public prosecution following a change in the legislation. The general trend had been decreasing until 2015, when the number of crimes took a new turn for the worse. Nevertheless, the number of violent crimes reported to the police has been on the decline since last year.