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Znüni News – Tuesday March 27

There are fewer burglaries in Switzerland. In the last 5 years the numbers have nearly halved with now “only” 113 burglaries per day versus 202 in 2012. The police put this down to better patrolling and people being more aware of the potential danger. All the same the number of resolved cases remains very low. The most high risk places are Geneva and Basel with Uri, Nidwalden and Obwalden having the lowest numbers of burglaries.

Private security companies are booming in Switzerland with no fewer than 140 such companies registered in Luzern. The branch’s revenue has grown to over a billion francs a year, but the problem is that there is no control over either wages or fees. Politicians would like for this to change and have put a motion forward asking for the standardisation of the branch. There is currently a huge risk of price dumping whether with salaries or with contracts and this needs to change according to mr. Heller who runs a security company in the area.

In Kriens 12 cms seem to be causing the local council a huge headache. A multistory house was build and according to its neighbours is 12 cms higher than was originally planned. The owner was taken to court and the town council sided with him. To bring the building down by 12 cms would cost over CHF 200 000.-, an unreasonable amount according to them. But the neighbour is not giving up and has now taken the case to the canton who sided with her. So now the town of Kriens has to reevaluate its permit and pay the court costs of CHF 3000.-. It’s always important to keep an eye on the small details.

Saying of the day: “Ist der Februar trocken und kalt, kommt im März die Hitze bald.” If February is dey and cold, the heat comes soon in March. – well that didn’t happen!

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Living in Luzern organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.