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.

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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.

Police: Zurich is getting even safer
Roland Zh

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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IN PICTURES: Swiss techno Street Parade returns after two-year absence

Hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets of a sun-baked Zurich on Saturday for the Swiss city's annual techno Street Parade, following a two-year absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.

IN PICTURES: Swiss techno Street Parade returns after two-year absence

But celebrations were marred by the death of a young man who drowned after jumping into the city’s river near the parade. Zurich police said rescuers tried to save the man but it was too late.

Around 850,000 people attended the last event in 2019, and this year, organisers expected between 750,000 and one million.

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Participants celebrate the 29th edition of Street Parade with one reveller holding a sign reading ‘finally, normal people’. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

Under a clear blue sky, fans gathered for the start of the free parade for around two kilometres (1.4 miles) along the river in the heart of Switzerland’s financial capital.

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This year’s Street Parade gathered several hundred thousands of ravers and electronic music fans. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

As the temperature reached 29 degrees Celsius (84 degrees Fahrenheit), the river’s banks were full of revellers, many taking the plunge into the water to keep cool.

“I don’t have the right words to describe the atmosphere here, it is fantastic, all the people you know they are so eager to party,” said Patrick, a 26-year-old Master’s student in Zurich, with multi-coloured flowers and glasses on his head.

“You can feel that, you can feel the vibration in the air,” he added.

The highlight of the event is 30 floats known as “lovemobiles”, which are usually brightly decorated trucks with music, DJs and party-goers.

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Revellers jump into Lake Zurich to cool off during the 29th edition of the Street Parade in Zurich. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

More than 200 DJs will play at this year’s event, including international stars Adriatique, Anna Tur, Ida Engberg, Reinier Zonneveld and Syreeta.

After two years marked by the pandemic, the organisers said the parade’s motto was “THINK”.

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Revellers surround one of the 30 ‘lovemobile’ floats at the event. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

“Thoughts are the key to a peaceful coexistence of our cultures, no matter what religion, skin colour, origin or sexual orientation people belong to,” organisers said.

The first edition of Street Parade took place in 1992, drawing a mere 1,000 revellers and only two lovemobiles.

It is now the biggest techno party in Europe.

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