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Thursday, January 5, 2012
Despite threats, majority of Israelis feel high level of personal security

Almost 100% of car thefts are reported to police [IMRA: for the insurance
claim!]

Despite threats, majority of Israelis feel high level of personal security

Israel ranks fourth among Western countries in terms of citizens' sense of
personal security, according to new survey Only 45% of Israelis report
violence to police Between 2007 and 2011, violent crime has decreased
nationwide.

Itsik Saban Yisrael Hayom 4 January 2012
http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=2515

Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch announced that his
department is developing "a national violence index." |Photo credit: Yossi
Zeliger

Despite the turmoil raging in the Middle East and the security threats
Israeli citizens face, 74% of the Israeli public feels a high level of
personal safety, according to a new survey the first of its kind
published by the Internal Security Ministry.

The survey was conducted by the ministry's research department, headed by
Dr. Besora Regev, in cooperation with the Geocartography Institute. The
survey included a representative sampling of 600 respondents who were asked
25 questions relating to their sense of personal security. One of the
central questions in the survey asked, "Do you feel safe walking alone at
night?"

According to the findings, Israel was ranked fourth among Western countries
in terms of citizens' sense of personal security (in 2011). While Israel
placed behind Canada, the U.S., and France in the survey, it still beat out
others countries including Australia, Germany, Britain, and Spain.

Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino has said he would act to
improve services for the public and restore its confidence in the police, in
addition to increasing the sense of personal safety among Israeli citizens.

Still, according to the survey, only 45 percent of Israelis turn to police
in order to report violence. Almost 100% of car thefts are reported to
police, while only 66% of other types of property theft are reported.
Violent crimes committed against children, and theft from children, are only
reported in 40% of cases.

Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch recently announced that his
department is developing a "national violence index," designed to reflect
the true rates of violence within Israeli society and not only cases
reported to police.

Data from the Internal Security Ministry and Israel Police show that between
2007 and 2011, violent crime has decreased in most communities in Israel,
with the exception of Ashkelon.

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