Safety first: protective measures against burglars on the rise in Switzerland
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Safety first: protective measures against burglars on the rise in Switzerland

Translation: Eva Francis

In the first quarter of 2023, Digitec Galaxus customers bought 35 per cent more home security products than last year. Why’s that? Possibly because the number of burglaries in Switzerland has increased since the end of the pandemic.

With the pandemic over, people in Switzerland are spending more time outside of their homes again – much to the delight of nightclub owners, restaurateurs and hotel managers, but also burglars.

More break-ins in Switzerland

According to the latest Police Crime Statistics from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (SFSO), there were more burglaries in 2022 than in the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021. Over 35,000 burglaries were reported to the police last year – 15 per cent more than in the previous year.

Although the number of burglaries in Switzerland has been steadily decreasing since 2012, the recent rise is making some people feel unsafe – as the latest sales figures from Digitec Galaxus indicate.

Better safe than sorry

In the first quarter of 2023, the «Home security» range recorded an increase in sales of 35 per cent compared to the previous year. 74 per cent more padlocks were purchased as well as 60 per cent more key safes and key cabinets.

Motion sensors (+38%) and alarm systems (+37%) have also become more popular in Switzerland. The latter category includes burglary protection products such as TV simulators that imitate the light of a flickering television screen.

Timer switches also remain in high demand (+28%). Whether that’s to prevent burglaries or save energy is unclear.

What’s your take on home security? Is your home equipped with motion detectors or cameras? Or do you feel safe without surveillance systems? And what do you think of gadgets such as timer switches or TV simulators? Join the discussion in the comments section!

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