Swiss Village Subsidises Alarms for All Its Residents

Published April 20th, 2019 - 08:38 GMT
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The mayor at the time, Andre Goffinet, said such measures were needed after a string of burglaries which saw the local bank and gas station robbed and he blamed the robberies on 'the border effect'.

A Swiss village on the French border has become the first in the country to subsidise burglar alarms for all of its 1,200 residents after a spike in break-ins.  

The small northwestern village of Boncourt decided a to hire a security company to patrol the streets at night a few years ago while also calling for local and regional police, as well as border guards patrol the area.

The mayor at the time, Andre Goffinet, said such measures were needed after a string of burglaries which saw the local bank and gas station robbed and he blamed the robberies on 'the border effect'.

The village is located just 0.6 miles from the French border and 31 miles from Germany.

But current mayor Lionel Maitre said Friday the break-ins were continuing.

'We see that these measures (the patrols) are still not sufficient,' Maitre told the RTS public broadcaster.

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He said local authorities had therefore decided the village would become the first municipality in Switzerland to subsidise the installation of home-security systems for its residents.

The village, which already spends around 25,000 Swiss francs (£18,900) annually on security patrols, plans to spend up to 30,000 more to cover part of the cost of installing the home-security systems.

Maitre told RTS the cost was reasonable compared to the benefit it would bring in terms of added security. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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