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Criminals make increasing use of internet

On Friday, the Federal Police Office issued a report which portrays a relatively safe Switzerland.

However, criminal activities are more and more diversified and have reached a more global level, particularly via the internet.

The Federal Police Office announced it would take tougher measures against large-scale criminal organisations, which require cross-border cooperation.

Its director, Jean-Luc Vez, said that the number of police investigations linked with organised crime has been stable for a few years now.

But criminals are getting better and better at using computer technology. They use the internet to commit crimes worldwide.

Online maps such as Google Maps or Google StreetView make their mission easier and using internet via mobile phones allows them to establish secure connections between many people.

Paedophile networks also take advantage of new technologies. Last year, the number of reports concerning child pornography material on Swiss servers increased markedly.

Globalisation of criminality requires a better organised police cross-border cooperation, the report said. The Schengen agreement, which came into effect a year ago, is showing positive results.

Thanks to the information system SIS, an average of 24 investigations were solved every day and 93 missing people were found.

swissinfo.ch and agencies

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