(MENAFN – Swissinfo) The total number of criminal offenses reported in Switzerland in 2020 fell slightly compared to the previous year, national statistics show. But the police remain busy ensuring residents respect the government’s Covid-19 restrictions.
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Theft fell by nearly 10% compared to 2019 to around 33,000 cases. This is in line with the ongoing downward trend. However, the number of violent crimes reported to the police, including murder, rape and serious physical assault increased by nearly 9% to 1,668 over the same period.
The figures are compiled annually are published by the Federal Statistical Office and the regional police External link service.
Nearly 24,400 online violations were also reported last year, according to police crime statistics.
More than 16,000 cases involved cyber fraud, particularly related to online shopping, real estate advertising and romance scams, the office said in an External link statement on Monday.
The commander-in-chief of Swiss police, Mark Burkhard, welcomed the drop in overall crime reported.
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However, he noted that enforcing anti-Covid restrictions remains a challenge for the police.
He warned not to underestimate the police’s efforts in this area, even though it is not shown in the annual statistics.
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