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Old 10.11.2020, 11:17
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Re: Tradesman at your property when you're out

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Back in the 70s when Switzerland wasn't rich, crime was much higher, because there were more poor people. If people are poor, you'll have more desperate people. Desperate people are more likely to commit opportunistic crime. As are dishonest people. Reduce the number of desperate people and you reduce crime. You then focus on the dishonest, greedy, antisocial...

Anyway, when we have workmen round, including when we are in the house, we make sure any easily portable valuables are kept out of site. If you're really worried, buy a safe, or put the stuff in a single room with a lock on the door - maybe your cellar.

I cannot recall that in the 70s crime was high. Nor can I recall there being many poor people. In fact society was much more open and not so subject to fraud and the like as it is today. Goods were delivered and even installed and the bill followed, there was no paying up front before any goods were seen and worked. The work ethic, not faced with ponderous and foreign networks and processes was quite simple - do a good job and get a good reward.
This openness was reflected in daily life in many respects there was a general understanding that things would only work if trust was shared. Fortunately some of this trust remains today whether letting your child walk to school or letting workmen into your place.
I'll never forget getting into a cable car with my wife and hearing one American woman ask another 'Where's your rucksack?' and the other replied 'Oh, I left it up against the station wall, it would only have been a nuisance - don't worry, we are in Switzerland.
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Re: Tradesman at your property when you're out

it's when i read messages like this, i wonder should i lock my door when i'm away? next it'll be removing keys from the car too!
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