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Steep drop in thefts in Switzerland

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Comparing 2018 to 2012, thefts in Switzerland fell by nearly half, according to the Federal Statistical Office.

In 2012, there were a record 219,000 thefts recorded in Switzerland. By 2018, the figure had fallen to 112,000, a drop of 49%.

Over the same period, all categories of theft with the exception of fraud were down. Car theft (-13%), bike theft (-20%), break-ins (-51%) and vandalism (-21%) were all down. Only fraud rose (+90%).

In addition, the number of drug crimes was down 18% between 2012 and 2018.

In 2018, regions with the highest levels of theft were Switzerland’s main cities. The number of thefts, excluding shoplifting, per 1,000 people were highest in Geneva (45), Zurich (43), Luzern (42), Basel (41) and Lausanne (38). Many rural regions reported rates under 10 per 1,000 residents.

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