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Crime Statistics Portal. Ministry of the Interior

Safety information for Spain is taken from the Crime Statistics System (CSS). This measures all offences (criminal and administrative offences) recorded by policing bodies: the Guardia Civil, the National Police, the police forces of the autonomous communities (Ertzaintza, Mossos désquadra and Navarra Provincial Police) and local police forces that furnish data to the Crime Statistics System (CSS)

Security data for European countries comes from the 'Crime and criminal justice' category of Eurostat


In order to make a comparison between European countries and Spain, the data published by Eurostat and provided by the Ministry of the Interior are used. These data may show variations with respect to those offered for Spain in the rest of the visualizations due to the adaptation to the Eurostat methodology.


  • Known offences:

    All criminal and administrative offences known to security forces and bodies, either from reports made or from police action (preventive or investigative work).

  • Clarified offences:

    Offences are classified as clarified when the following circumstances occur: – Arrest of the offender "in flagrante". – Full identification of the offender, or any of the offenders, without the need for them to be detained, even if they are on bail, on the run or dead. – When there is a verified confession, robust evidence or a combination of the two. – When the investigation reveals that no offence actually occurred.

  • Suspect:

    Natural or legal person suspected of participation in a criminal act. No restrictive measures have been placed on the liberty of the accused.

  • Detention:

    Detention with reading of rights to an individual, depriving them of liberty and placing them at the disposal of the legal system, due to attributing the commission of a criminal offence to them.

  • Rates of criminal offences:

    Rates of criminal offences are calculated as a ratio of the number of such offences per 100,000 people, except for the overall crime rate, which is calculated as the ratio of all offenses per 1,000 inhabitants.

  • Criminal classification:

    Details of the classification are provided in the Crime Balance Methodology

    For more information on criminal typologies in Europe, and the differences between countries, you can consult Eurostat Metadata

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