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Why Switzerland Has The Lowest Crime Rate In The World - Current TV

Why Switzerland Has The Lowest Crime Rate In The World - Current TV | Mega-Cities | Scoop.it
Why Switzerland Has The Lowest Crime Rate In The World
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This is in a very large part due to Switzerland's unique system of national defense, developed over the centuries.
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The country has a population of six million, but there are estimated to be at least two million publicly-owned firearms, including about 600,000 automatic rifles and 500,000 pistols.

This is in a very large part due to Switzerland’s unique system of national defense, developed over the centuries.

Instead of a standing, full-time army, the country requires every man to undergo some form of military training for a few days or weeks a year throughout most of their lives.

Between the ages of 21 and 32 men serve as frontline troops. They are given an M-57 assault rifle and 24 rounds of ammunition which they are required to keep at home.

Once discharged, men serve in the Swiss equivalent of the US National Guard, but still have to train occasionally and are given bolt rifles. Women do not have to own firearms, but are encouraged to.

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Guatemalan developers build crime-free private city

Guatemalan developers build crime-free private city | Mega-Cities | Scoop.it
Developers are building a crime-free private city called Paseo Cayala in Guatemala City.

Via Marion Caillol - MIPIM /MAPIC Press Officer
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developers are building a private city on the outskirts of Guatemala City as a safe haven from the crime-ridden capital.
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The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013 (So Far): It Is Now a Crime to Unlock Your Smartphone

The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013 (So Far): It Is Now a Crime to Unlock Your Smartphone | Mega-Cities | Scoop.it
When did we decide that we wanted a law that could make jail-breaking your smartphone a criminal offense? The answer is that we never really decided.

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Crime 'down to record low level'

Crime 'down to record low level' | Mega-Cities | Scoop.it

The overall level of crime showed a "significant decrease" in new official figures - but an additional study found the drop in offences recorded by police might have been overstated.

Overall crime fell by 8%, or around 800,000, to 8.9 million in the year to the end of September, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. This was the lowest level since the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) began in 1981.

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LAPD's sci-fi solution to real crime

The LAPD are trialling a hi-tech crime-busting technique. So far, it has caused a 25 percent drop in crime. The technique revolves around a single mathematical algorithm, developed by the University of California, Los Angeles. This complex equation can in theory predict, with pinpoint accuracy, where criminal offences are most likely to happen on any given day. It is based on several years' crime statistics and it teases out hidden patterns. Once identified, they are projected into the future, to predict where cars might be stolen, or houses burgled, on any given day. In the city of Santa Cruz, California, where it was first trialled this summer, a 25 per cent drop in crime was recorded.


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Police use 'visible' technique to ward off criminals and target criminal 'hot spots'
...given maps identifying a handful of "boxes" measuring 500ft x 500ft – the supposed crime hot-spots for that day. The officers are instructed to visit them as often as time allows. Once inside the "box", they make themselves as visible as possible. 
"Predictive plicing" police targetting individuals that may commit a criminal offense in the future.
 It also has legal complications. Under the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution, police officers are forbidden from stopping a suspect without "reasonable suspicion" that they are committing a crime. No one yet knows whether simply being in a geographic box identified by a computer programme represents reasonable suspicion.

"What happens if officers turn up at a 500ft x 500ft area, on the look out for burglaries, see a guy with a black bag, search him and find it contains stolen goods?" wonders Andrew Ferguson, an assistant professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia. "If that case goes to court, there will be the question of whether it was reasonable for the officer to suspect he was committing a crime."

Sergeant Gomperz pulls up next to a children's playground, a young man, with tattoos, cropped hair and a menacing pit-bull terrier catches sight of the patrol car. Seconds later, he turns around, and hastily disappears from the scene.

"Maybe he's going home to his mother. Maybe he doesn't have a licence for that dog. Maybe something way more sinister is going on," says Gomperz. "All I know is that he was here. He's seen us, and he's moving on. When I see that, I think maybe that's stopped him committing a crime. And that makes me think that this predictive policing thing really works."

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New York City's Crime Rate Is Up For The First Time In 20 Years Because Of Apple Thefts

New York City's Crime Rate Is Up For The First Time In 20 Years Because Of Apple Thefts | Mega-Cities | Scoop.it
New York City's overall crime rate in 2012 is on track to go up for the first time in two decades, largely because thieves are stealing so many Apple products, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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YPD noted that between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, more 11,447 Apple products had been stolen in the city – a 40 percent increase since the same period the prior year.
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After the new iPhone went on sale in September, the NYPD put officers in 21 stores across the city to help consumers register their phones so cops could track them down if they were stolen.
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Black men 'to blame for most violent city crime'... but they're also the victims

Black men 'to blame for most violent city crime'... but they're also the victims | Mega-Cities | Scoop.it

The majority of violent inner-city crime is committed by black men, police figures suggest.
But the statistics also show that black men are twice as likely to be victims of such crimes.
Police hold black men responsible for more than two-thirds of shootings and more than half of robberies and street crimes in London, according to figures released by Scotland Yard.
The statistics released under Freedom of Information laws have provoked a debate about the racial make-up of violent crime in the capital.
The data, which provides the ethnicity of the 18,091 men and boys who police took action against in London during 2009-10, looked at both violent and sexual offences.
It found that 67 per cent of those caught by police for gun crimes were black.

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Police hold black men responsible for more than two-thirds of shootings and more than half of robberies and street crimes in London.
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As we open our doors to 50,000 more immigrants, prepare for an EU crime wave

As we open our doors to 50,000 more immigrants, prepare for an EU crime wave | Mega-Cities | Scoop.it
A SHOCKING Panorama investigation has found a "ghost community" of more than 600,000 illegal immigrants who are operating in criminal gangs and prostitution rackets in Britain.

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