Apr 18, 2017 - 7:02 PM
in reply to Lucas
Hi Lucas ans mkaligis.
I've been traveling on Swiss trains frequently for many years with my luggage out of sight at the end of the car. Since 1980, no problems.
If I am worried, especially on a train outside Switzerland, i might get up and walk to the end of the car as we pull intot a station. On long haul trains, there are not many stops.
And, it is a lot easier to pick up a back pack than bulky luggage.
And, a lesson known to any thoughtful traveler...keep you passport and some money where it is hard to steal. Anywhere, in any country. Certainly, my passport is always on my person....except in the shower. ;-).
As the foreign born population of Switzerland has increased to the current level....perhaps 25% of the population, certainly 20% ...more people are on the trains who do not have the Swiss norms for behavior.
For perspective on how things have changed, I can recall sometime in the late '80s or maybe '90s when signs appeared in Cointrin ( the GVA airport) beside the lines where people were checking in. They warned passengers to keep an eye on their belongings, because there had been thefts. There was substantial public commentary about this awful turn of events... And, for the Swiss, a sense of shame that it was necessary.