Safety in Switzerland

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The issue of safety in Switzerland should be given less attention by expats than real points of concern; such as, whether to try some of the local cheese or chocolate today. Needless to say, this historically neutral country is known for its high standard of safety and cleanliness.

It claims lower per capita crime rates, both violent and non-violent, than the US, and has never had an incident of regional or international terrorism occur within its borders.

Even within it's largest city, Zurich, expats report that locals regularly leave their bikes unlocked, their strollers (prams) parked unattended outside shopping centres, and send their young children to the shops for milk unaccompanied.

Despite the low crime rates though, petty theft does occur. Expats should  take regular precautions to deter purse-snatchers, pick-pocketers, and those who break into residential houses: lock the doors and windows when not at home, be mindful of personal belongings in crowded public spaces, and be especially vigilant in train and bus stations, tourist centres, and airports (the places where the most petty theft occurs).

Otherwise, little extra security measures need be taken, and expats can look forward to living in a country where even the protests and demonstrations are civil and pre-approved by police.

For medical emergencies dial 144, English speaking operators are available.

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