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Thief gangs – biggest threat for public safety

A recent poll dealing with public safety issues shows that half of the Bucharest inhabitants are afraid of thieves and thief gangs and consider these as the biggest dangers for their safety within the city. Among other social categories that might put their safety in danger, the interviewees also named drug dealers, suburb gangs and drunks.


68 per cent consider the thing that would help them feel more secure would be enhanced video surveillance, meaning more CCTV systems throughout the Capital.


The sociological study reveals that 58 per cent of the Bucharest inhabitants feel that things in Bucharest are going the wrong direction, especially regarding their street safety, while the rest are either ignorant of the issue or consider they are safe.


Among the most frequent things that are noted as “progress” by the interviewees are street lighting, water supplies and public transportation.


Of the capital’s districts, the safest one is considered the third sector, as indicated by 24 percent of the interviewed people, who also believe that criminal acts have increased considerably in 2009 as compared to 2008.


The poll, put together by Avangarde, was carried on a 1,500 people test sample in the first week of 2010, and also reveals that half of the interviewees consider the sector mayor do not respect their election promises and ignore some of the crucial issues regarding citizen safety in Bucharest.


The most trustworthy mayor was named by a quarter of the poll subjects Cristian Popescu- Piedone, District 4 mayor.

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