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Which parts of Switzerland have the highest (and lowest) violent crime rates?

Helena Bachmann
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Which parts of Switzerland have the highest (and lowest) violent crime rates?
Swiss police vehicles in Geneva. Photo by STEFAN WERMUTH / AFP

A new report sheds light on Switzerland on where the most violent crime is being reported. Here's a look at the affected areas.


New crime data released on Monday by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) shows an increase in certain violent crimes in some regions of Switzerland.

For instance, incidences of violence reported in 2022, in particular serious bodily harm and rape, have gone up by more than 16.6 percent compared to the previous year.

In fact in total there were 1,942 serious violent crimes registered last year alone, including homicide, grievous bodily harm, rape and robbery.

While the number of homicides (42) remained stable in comparison to 2021, reports of rapes increased by 14.5 percent and cases of serious bodily injury by 17.2 percent.

And for the first time in a decade, 14.6 percent more robberies were reported to police.

This hike encompasses burglaries in all categories— including break-ins, thefts of vehicles, and pickpocketing.

Overall, a total of 86.693 people were arrested for a crime by Swiss police in 2022, according to the report.

While these statistics don’t shed light on the reasons for the increase,  they do show which parts of Switzerland have been most crime-ridden.


Basel-City at the top

This is certainly not the kind of publicity the tiny canton wants, but statistics speak for themselves: both in terms of violent crime and burglaries, Basel-City holds the unenviable record as Switzerland’s most dangerous canton.

In the category of violent crime, Basel registered 13.9 incidences for 1,000 residents.

A view of Basel. Photo: Pixabay

As a comparison, Switzerland’s two other cantons with large cities — Geneva and Zurich — reported 7.2 and 6.8 offences per 1,000, respectively, in this category.

Interestingly though, Basel-Country has a low rate of only 3 cases in 1,000.

The safest cantons, on the other hand, are Schwyz and Uri, with a low score of 2.4 violent crimes per population of 1,000.

When it comes to robberies, a distant second to Basel’s 54.8 score is Geneva (37.9), Solothurn (23.1), and Neuchâtel (22). In Zurich, that number is 19.5.

As to where where your possessions are safest, Nidwald has fewest thefts in Switzerland (5.7), followed — as in cases of violent infractions — by Uri (5.9) and Schwyz (6).

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Now let’s put all this in perspective

Reading about these latest statistics probably doesn’t fill you with confidence regarding your personal security.

But you should not worry — not only do these figures show that crime rate is limited in scope, but other statistics also indicate that, in comparison with other countries, Switzerland is very safe.

Depending on the kind of metrics used, Switzerland consistently ranks among the least risky nations in the world, both in terms of personal safety and overall crime rate.


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