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Old 12.09.2020, 01:04
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Re: Police knocking on the door asking for ID

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No, they don’t need to provide anything. No, they don’t need a warrant either if they have any reason to believe that a crime is in progress.

I obviously don’t know what these two were looking for but it’s very normal for Swiss police to drive unmarked cars and not wear uniforms.

One of the typical problems with furnished temporary apartments is illegal prostitution... does the building have a lot of people?
Not quite true. They can only go in without a warrant if there is "Gefahr im Verzug", if they have reasonable grounds to believe a crime is actually happening or about to happen or they are actively pursuing a suspect who will escape if they do not act immediately. The fact that somebody they might want to talk to possibly lives in that apartment, but the only reason they came for him on Thursday is because Wednesday was bingo night at the police station and on Tuesday the boss had a headache, that is not "Gefahr im Verzug".

Of course in reality police will twist the interpretation of "reasonable grounds" to the extreme and can make paperwork vanish if anybody demands an investigation. But even so there is a limit to how much they can get away with and they know when they reach that limit.

The guys who go after illegal prostitutes don't wear battle gear or knock on doors loudly but go in pretending to be normal inconspicuous clients. Illegal prostitutes aren't stupid and will vanish through the back door as soon as anything loud and dangerous appears at the front door.
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