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More police sought against foreign gangs

Published: 18 Nov 2012 18:05 GMT+01:00
Updated: 18 Nov 2012 18:05 GMT+01:00

Switzerland needs 1,500 more police officers to deal with foreign gangs and rising cases of burglaries and thefts, according to the working group of the conference for cantonal justice and police ministers.

“Bands from abroad target Switzerland for burglaries and thefts,” Beat Villiger, conference vice-president and cantonal minister for Zug, told SonntagsBlick in an interview that appeared on Sunday.

“The professionalization of criminals in the areas of pickpocketing, tricks and skimming (from bank teller machines using duplicate credit card readers and wireless cameras) is rising,” said Villiger, 55.

He is also seeking increased video surveillance in trains and special prisons for failed asylum seekers.

“In trains and stations that are secured with cameras less happens and the police and can respond and verify offences better.”

Villiger said asylum seekers “who would have to leave the country” should not be brought into contact with criminals, but this would require a new prison.

“In the area of central and north-western Switzerland around 250 places are lacking for administrative detention, that is for failed asylum seekers and illegal aliens.”

He estimated the cost of such a prison at 50 million francs but noted that this could relieve the prison populations of a dozen cantons.

The working group of the conference for cantonal justice and police ministers says Switzerland needs more police officers to meet the security needs of a 24/7 society, the ATS news service reported.

That means police officers are needed permanently around the clock, the group concluded.

“The population never ceases to grow and there are more cars in the streets and an intense activity in the cities on weekends between 2 and 6am,” Villiger added.

Malcolm Curtis (news@thelocal.ch)

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2012-11-19 18:55:19 by Jbrev
Why does a small country like Switzerland take in refugees at all? Immigrant gangs, 50 million on a new prison, faily asylum seekers who are refusing to leave. Why Switzerland? why Europe?
2012-11-20 11:59:17 by Dyderich
Because the Asylum Seekers know who to go to....Why seek asylum in some backwater place nearer their own country? Go to the best locations you can reach....Germany, Switzerland, etc. and once there, put up a fight to stay there so you can mooch off their social programmes as much as possible...and pop out as many litters as possible so you gain the most in social welfare and at the same time have a base of operations to eventually take over that country with all those little children now grown and programmed into the asylum seeker's own culture while strictly avoiding going "native" and staying with their own culture to press into the adopted country so they will change rather than the refugee adopting the new culture.
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