Violent crime

Last updated 18/06/2020 - 08:20

Amount of violent crime grew slightly in the Helsinki region

In January–March, 6 per cent more violent crimes were reported to the police in the Helsinki region than in the corresponding period in the previous year. According to the preliminary figures from Statistics Finland, the number of violent crimes increased in all municipalities of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area in comparison to the corresponding period in the previous year. Amount of violent crime also grew slightly in Uusimaa and in the country overall.

In January–March, approximately 2,906 crimes against life and health or sexual crimes were reported to the police in the Helsinki region, 51 per cent 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 2018.