Police: Zurich is getting even safer

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Police: Zurich is getting even safer

Picturesque Zurich is generally associated with a safe and crime-free quality of life. Now official figures show that life in Switzerland's largest city is getting even safer.


Newly released figures from the Zurich cantonal police show how the 2010 crime rate in Switzerland’s financial hub has fallen to its lowest level in a decade.

According to Zurich cantonal police, a total of 126,712 crimes were reported in 2010, down 7.4 percent on the previous year. The ten-year high was registered in 2004, with 167,019 cases, police said.

One kind of crime bucking the downward trend is cyber crime, which authorities say represents a big challenge for the future.

In the fight against crimes carried out on the Internet, in 2003 one Terabyte (TB) of data was secured by police, 9 TB in 2007, 48 TB in 2008 and 100 TB in 2009, Swiss daily NZZ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) reported.

If the sensitive data was to be printed out on A4 paper, it would form a paper tower as high as 3,500 kilometers, the paper said.



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