Safety in Switzerland
It claims lower per capita crime rates, both violent and non-violent, than the US, and it's 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 your doors and windows when not at home, be mindful of your 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 though, 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.
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