Author: Robin Mühle
The Swiss have a great variety of characteristics, which are just as varied as the areas they come from. Some of them are close to the French mentality, some the German and some the Italian. Due to the high number of immigrants and foreigners, Switzerland is fast becoming a genuinely multicultural country. Switzerland is a real challenge for its residents, because different mentalities meet in such a small space. One thing, however, is undoubtedly certain – the Swiss are generally regarded primarily as peace-loving traditionalists.
The Current Situation in Switzerland from a Crime Point of View For the first time in many years, the number of criminal offences or misdemeanours under the local criminal code fell, by a remarkable 8.5% to 526,066 offences. There was also a fall in the number of burglaries, which declined nationally by 8% to 52,338 cases. This means that long-term efforts in the fight against criminal activity are bearing excellent fruit. Prevention and the thorough prosecution of criminal activity have made Switzerland less attractive for thieves; last year the police managed to solve every seventh burglary, which represents an increase in the success rate by 2%. Despite the reduction in the total number of burglaries, this risk is one of the highest in Europe. According to the aforementioned statistics, Switzerland annually deals with 630 burglaries per 100,000 of population. Burglaries occur most frequently in larger towns and mostly during the day, which may be a surprise at first glance.
Switzerland: Burglaries per 1,000 residents
Source of data: Basler-Einbruchstudie 2013
Prevention for Securing Property The first choice for security for Swiss users is primarily an electronic alarm. In particular they like magnetic opening detectors and movement detectors – often versions immune to the movement of pets. Some users also choose CCTV as a supplementary system. When choosing an alarm the main role is played primarily by price and quality. 10% of householders in Switzerland own security systems, approximately 80% of which are wireless and 20% of which are wired. Each fourth alarm in the country of “excellent chocolate and quality watches” is connected to an alarm receiving centre. They welcome the option of verifying an alarm using photographs from the secured building, which makes call-outs against criminals in a building more effective. The popularity of the MyJABLOTRON mobile and internet application is growing very strongly with Swiss users. Users use it primarily to control the alarm and automation systems in their homes, to control various appliances remotely. Installation partners therefore primarily appreciate the module for remote administration of the alarm and the option of rapidly responding to a customer’s needs. ●
Number of burglaries per 100,000 residents: European countries in 2010–2011
Source of data: Civitas Institute for the Study of Civil Society 2010–12 (shortened by the editor)
Switzerland: 812.1 burglaries per 100,000 residents
Zdroj dat: Úřad OSN pro drogy a kriminalitu, statistiky o vloupání (redakčně zkráceno)
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