Jul 31, 2015 - 3:20 PM
As far as I know the official rule is to carry your ID at all times. Police can ask for it, as well as train conductors if you have a rail pass (which should have the ID number on it). Of course a copy is better than nothing in case it's requested (which is rare), but I think it can be an issue. This is what I do: I carry my ID, credit/debit cards and cash close to my body, not in a backpack for example. I have a copy available just in case.
There are no loads of pickpockets in Switzerland, but theft does happen. Usually in crowded places like bigger cities and large rail stations. Make sure to keep an eye on your luggage at all times, even if people approach you for help or whatever, which can be a way to distract you. If my backpack contains anything valuable I lock it. I always keep it within sight. So, if I place it in the overhead luggage rack of a train, for example, I don't place it directly over my seat (where I can't see it).
Last modified on Jul 31, 2015 - 3:22 PM by Arno