According to a recent opinion poll, the Swiss are increasingly concerned about insecurity, even as official crime figures are falling. Explanations.
According to a recent survey conducted by the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, 61% of Swiss believe that crime has increased in the country and 68% of respondents believe that offenses committed by foreigners are on the rise, reports news site Swissinfo.ch.
Figures in contradiction with the rankings which regularly count Switzerland among the safest countries in the world. The latest edition of the Global Peace Index, for example, puts the country in tenth place in security champions, just behind Japan, Canada or Denmark.
But what is it really? “The Eurostat database showing the incidence of homicides per 100 000 inhabitants in 31 European countries place Switzerland in last position alongside Norway. By comparing flights, Switzerland arrives 21e”, notes Swissinfo.ch – while France ranks second for the number of thefts recorded by the police per 100,000 inhabitants, just behind Belgium.
An overall downward trend
As for burglaries, they decreased in Switzerland by 6.3% compared to 2018 while the number of violent crimes remained stable: in 2019, the police counted a total of 46 homicides in the country. “If all offenses are taken into account, the crime figures in Switzerland show an overall downward trend.”
How can we explain that the feeling of insecurity is on the rise? Researchers put forward several explanations, including “Frequent consumption of private television channels”, whereas reading the national dailies would tend to reduce worries. According to them, we should also take into account the political orientation: “The more right-wing respondents position themselves, the more likely they are to believe that crime is a problem.”
In short, the expatriates who live in the country seem to be right: the Expat Insider 2020 survey showed that they continue to particularly appreciate the security they enjoy in Switzerland, an essential element of their quality of life.
The top 10 safest countries in the world
- 1. Iceland
- 2. New Zealand
- 3. Portugal
- 4. Austria
- 5. Denmark
- 6. Canada
- 7. Singapore
- 8. Czechia
- 9. Japan
- 10. Suisse
Source : Global Peace Index 2020
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