National Statistical Institute
|Contact organisation unit|
„Health Care and Justice Statistics“ Department
|Contact person function|
Head of department
|Contact mail address|
2, P. Volov Str.; 1038 Sofia, Bulgaria
|Contact email address|
|Contact phone number|
+359 2 9857 459
|Contact fax number|
|Metadata last certified||14 August 2020|
|Metadata last posted||14 August 2020|
|Metadata last update||14 August 2020|
Data on crimes recorded by the police - homicide, theft, rape, the number of police officers and the prison population are available at country level for European Union Member States and other countries.
Data for the United Kingdom (England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) appears separately owing to the existence of three separate jurisdictions.
The data come from official sources in the countries such as the National Statistics Office, the National Prison Administration, the Ministries of the Interior or Justice and the Police.
Calendar year or national financial year data are provided in absolute numbers. No statistical adjustments are carried out.
Figures are requested on the basis of standard definitions.
|Statistical concepts and definitions|
Contact persons in each country are asked to adhere to a standard definition (for offences, police officers and the prison population) as far as possible and to provide details of any divergence. Details of any divergence from the standard definition are described in Annex An "Offence definitions & explanatory notes" at the bottom of this page. The standard definitions for CRIME, POLICE OFFICERS and PRISON POPULATION are: CRIMES RECORDED BY THE POLICE Homicide Definition: This is defined as intentional killing of a person, including murder, manslaughter, euthanasia and infanticide. Bulgarian data cover intentional homicide only. Causing death by dangerous driving is excluded, as are abortion and help with suicide. Attempted (uncompleted) homicide is also excluded. The counting unit for homicide is normally the victim (rather than the case). POLICE OFFICERS Number of police officers Definition: In most cases these figures include all ranks of police officers including criminal police, traffic police, border police, gendarmerie, uniformed police, city guard, and municipal police. They exclude civilian staff, customs officers, tax police, military police, secret service police, part-time officers, special duty police reserves, cadets, and court police. PRISON POPULATION Prison population Definition: Total number of adult and juvenile prisoners (including pre-trial detainees) at 1 September (or nearest available date). Including offenders held in Prison Administration facilities, other facilities, juvenile offenders' institutions, drug addicts' institutions and psychiatric or other hospitals. Excluding non-criminal prisoners held for administrative purposes (for example, people held pending investigation into their immigration status).
Crime - the offence recorded by the police.
Police officer - the full-time equivalent police officer.
Prison population - the prisoner.
Crime - offences recorded by the police in the country according to national statistical rules.
Police officer - police personnel excluding civilians.
Prison population - all prisoners including pre-trial detainees but excluding those held for administrative reasons.
2010 - 2018
|Unit of measure|
Rate per 100 000 persons of the population.
Crime - the standard reference period is the calendar year.
Police officers - any available date.
Prison population - the standard reference date is 1 September.
|Legal acts and other agreements|
Countries submit data and metadata to Eurostat on the basis of a mandate to develop crime statistics established through: • The 2004 Hague Programme November: Strengthening freedom, justice and security in the European Union; • The 2009 Stockholm Programme: An open and secure Europe serving and protecting citizens; • List of variables adopted by The Directors of Social Statistics Council on its meetings and list of contact persons by countries who were given the responsibility of providing Eurostat with the information; • Eurostat Task Force groups meetings decisions from regularly conducted meetings; • Eurostat Working Group on crime statistics decisions – from their annually meetings.
|Confidentiality - policy|
Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics (recital 24 and Article 20(4)) of 11 March 2009 (OJ L 87, p. 164), stipulates the need to establish common principles and guidelines ensuring the confidentiality of data used for the production of European statistics and the access to those confidential data with due account for technical developments and the requirements of users in a democratic society.
Regulation (EU) 2015/759 of the European parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2015 amending Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics.
|Confidentiality - data treatment|
|Release calendar access|
In line with the Community legal framework and the European Statistics Code of Practice Eurostat disseminates European statistics on Eurostat's website respecting professional independence and in an objective, professional and transparent manner in which all users are treated equitably. The detailed arrangements are governed by the Eurostat protocol on impartial access to Eurostat data for users.
|Frequency of dissemination|
Ad hoc news releases 2-3 times per year.
|Accessibility and clarity|
News releases on-line.
On the Eurostat website - the analysis files.
|Documentation on methodology|
The data come from official sources in the countries such as the National Statistics Office, the Ministries of the Interior or Justice and the Police. All countries have procedures for the collection of these statistics but there are many differences between the systems used by different countries.
Quality control of the data in Eurostat is performed in accordance with the European Statistics Code of Practice promulgated in the Commission Recommendation of 25 May 2005.
Additional information concerning applied methodologies is available on Eurostat database Crime and Criminal Justice (crim).
Monitoring EU crime policies using the International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (ICCS).
Data are provideed to Eurostat by a network of of contact persons nominated by the national statistics offices of the countries. The contact persons are responsible for collating the data from various sources and conducting some basic checks.
Eurostat then performs several validations. In addition, detailed quality reviews for each category and also for time series are ongoing in order to improve the overall quality of the database.
In the context of Eurostat's „Quality assurance framework“, an assessment will be carried out when required.
The need to provide information on the development of crime in the European Union was recognised in the Hague Programme adopted by the European Council in 2004. A more comparable system of crime and criminal justice statistics is being developed, as outlined in the Commission communication Developing a comprehensive and coherent EU strategy to measure crime and criminal justice: an EU Action Plan 2006-2010.
The data collection will be extended in the future, in line with policy requirements.
|Accuracy and reliability|
|Timeliness and punctuality|
Eurostat requests data for the year N to be delivered at N + approximately 1 year.
Nearly all of the European Union Member States, the EFTA countries, EU Candidate countries are able to meet the request for data to be provided at N + 1 year; other countries deliver at their earliest convenience.
|Coherence and comparability|
|Comparability - geographical|
It is not advisable to make comparisons between countries of crime levels based on the absolute figures since the figures may be affected by many factors, including:
Figures for the prison population may also be affected by many factors, including:
For these reasons, direct comparisons of crime levels in different countries should be avoided. As a general rule, comparisons should be based upon trends.
|Comparability - over time|
|Coherence - cross domain|
Raw data are requested on an annual basis for crimes recorded by the police, the number of police officers and the prison population.
|Coherence - internal|
|Cost and burden|
The main burden is on the Member States and the national contact persons who collate the data from various sources.
|Data revision - policy|
Revisions and additions on annual basis or as required.
|Data revision - practice|
Eurostat statistics data base. For Bulgaria – source of the data is Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Justice. Data are collected by the contact persons network.
|Frequency of data collection|
The contact persons provide the data by eDAMIS for transmission to the Eurostat unit responsible for the data collection.
Final data provided.
General trends for the EU are estimated by adding up figures for countries which have consistent series, i.e. no "methodological" breaks.
Justice and crime - International comparisons
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