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Nearly all Israelis feel very safe in their place of residence

By Mason White 4:38 PM August 22, 2013
The Israeli city of Bnei Brak 

By: Anav Silverman
A new survey that was recently released shows that nearly all Israelis feel very safe and secure in their place of residence, according to a report released by the Tazpit News Agency.

A new poll conducted by Israel’s Ministry of Public Security in order to determine the effectiveness of urban policing programs in 13 different Israeli cities found that residents in the city of Ariel feel the safest.

Located in Judea and Samaria, Ariel is home to 20,000 residents, of whom 92 percent responded saying that they feel secure in their community.

Following Ariel, were two cities located in central Israel that tied were: Givatayim, a city outside of Tel Aviv and the ultra-orthodox city of Bnei Brak, where 88 percent of residents in polled that they felt safe. The northern city of Carmiel ranked fourth in that category.

The cities with the lowest sense of security were the mixed Jewish-Arab cities of Lod and Nazareth, with only 70 percent expressing that they felt protected.

The poll also found that Ariel residents (85%) are the least concerned with being harmed by criminal activity out of the 13 cities documented, followed by Givatayim (84%) and Bnei Brak (81%). The cities where residents felt that they were most likely to be victims of crime were Lod and Nazareth.

“There is no internal crime or violence in Ariel,” said Avi Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Ariel Development Fund to Tazpit News Agency.

“Graffiti is as criminal as it gets here.”
Zimmerman described that his city’s residents feel both secure and rooted in the community. “Normalcy is taken for granted,” he added.

Established in 1978 by 40 families, Ariel today has 29 kindergartens, seven schools, and a university which educates over 10,000 students a year.

“We are proud that Ariel is ranked first when it comes to our residents’ personal security,” said the city’s mayor, Eliyahu Shaviro. “It is a result of the hard work of city police authorities and that of the Israeli police force. We will continue to ensure that security of Ariel’s residents remains at the center of our attention in the future.”