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- Do not leave your belongings unattended, particularly in museums, transport hubs, and other overcrowded places.
- Carry as little cash as you need for a day. Leave other valuables in the secured place, including passport.
- Be cautious in pubs, bars, and clubs.
Is Switzerland Safe or Dangerous country?Travelling in Switzerland is safe, it’s highly ranked on the list of the safest and most dangerous countries. Switzerland is in top 10 of the safest countries on the planet. Violent crime is very rare in the country. Petty crimes like pickpocketing and phone snatching are on the rise in recent years particularly in the big cities like Geneva. Another distracting area of concern is thefts of vehicles of all kind including cars, scooters, and bikes. In such cantons like Geneva and Vaud burglaries are on the rise. If you watch out for pickpockets in city centers, transport hubs, on a public transport and in an overcrowded area, do not leave your luggage unattended and keeping all your valuables in hand and under guard, you have nothing to worry about in this Alpine country. There have been reported about the scam artists. If you receive any email about a refund, payment or any other information with the connection with the money and you are not aware of the recipient, we advise to neglect the message and put it in a spam, as it may cause significant financial loss. Below we compiled the areas with a potential risk of pickpockets and other petty thefts in each big city of Switzerland. Each visitor of Geneva should be alert for pickpockets and other crimes in overcrowded areas: Les Paquis area; Gare Cornavin; Lake Geneva’s promenade; Rue de Rive shopping area; Vicinity of the Jardin Anglais/Mont Blanc Bridge; Plainpalais area. Bern’s neighborhoods with high incidents of petty thefts are: Bern Airport (bus terminal in the proximity); Bundesplatz and Barenplatz (open markets); Bern’s old town; the Westside Shopping Mall. Zurich In Seebach district of Zurich several muggings happened this year. SafeAround recommends to be vigilant and avoid from visiting this area alone during the night time. Langstrasse is a quarter in district 4, it is well known as a red light district. The neighborhoods we mentioned above are almost free of violent crimes and attendance during the night is not dangerous, if you follow the basic precautions.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Switzerland is an excellent pattern of imitation where security measures are meticulously taken by the government. It is ranked 7 out of 162 of the safest and most dangerous cities. Be vigilant, use common sense and follow the same safety precautions as you’ll be used in your own country.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
More than 10 million tourists come to Switzerland yearly. They are the easy target for a professional thief. However, if you look after your belongings and do not leave your staff unattended you are almost out of danger.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Kidnapping doesn’t exist in Switzerland. Mugging is rare. SafeAround have heard only about one area in the whole country, where has been numerous muggings – Seebach district of Zurich.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
There are a lot of scammers and con-artists trying to take advantage of tourists, particularly in large cities and around major landmarks in Mexico. Be aware of “gold ring” tricks, fake petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
There are no taxi risks in a taxi, except the fact, that it’s pretty expensive. If you want to drive in the country’s alpine areas, take into account all potential dangers, be equipped with winter tires or have snow-chains with you. We advise checking the weather prior your journey as driving on a narrow mountains roads require reductions of the speed during the winter period.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
The following alpine hazards exist throughout the year:
- avalanches and snow drifts
- landslides and flooding
- glacial crevasses and hollows
- thunder storms and lightning
- altitude sickness
- sun exposure
- sudden weather changes
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Terrorism is a threat around the world. Although there are no recent incidents of terrorism in the country.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
There is no threat for female visitors in Switzerland. We advise to use common sense and avoid public drunkenness places if you are alone, as well as other silliness.