Switzerland: Crime

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Switzerland Crime

Switzerland is a very safe country to visit. Violent crime including assault and robbery is virtually unheard of in Switzerland. The rare cases of violent crime that do occur often involve foreigners who are living in Switzerland. Nevertheless, petty crime such as pick pocketing is known to occur sometimes in Switzerland.

This is usually directed at foreign tourists in Switzerland so prime pick pocketing areas include busy tourist attractions in all of the major towns of Switzerland including Zurich, Geneva and Basel. Petty crime is especially likely during the peak tourist seasons. Pickpockets in Switzerland also sometimes target late-night trains where tired passengers often fall asleep. In addition, festivals in Switzerland that are known to attract large numbers of visitors from abroad are also targeted by pickpockets in Switzerland.