Safety in Switzerland

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There are hardly any issues around safety in Switzerland – the historically neutral country is known for its low crime rates and cleanliness.

It has less violent and non-violent crime than the USA, and there's never been a major incident of terrorism within its borders.

Locals might feel safe enough to send their children to the corner shop unattended, but petty crime does happen. Expats should still take basic precautions like locking the doors and windows when going out, and keeping valuables out of sight in public places –  especially at bus and train stations, tourist centres and airports.

Doing outdoor activities in remote places brings its own safety precautions, and accidents are made worse by bad preparation. Expats should keep an eye on the weather, travel in groups, have the right equipment and someone should always know where they are. 

There are several emergency numbers in Switzerland:

  • General emergencies: 112
  • Police: 117
  • Fire service: 118
  • Ambulance: 144

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