Prague residents feel safer

A city survey shows that people’s trust in police has increased

Crime in Prague is declining every year, and the long-term trend is appreciated by inhabitants. In 2018, crime in Prague was down 6.2 percent compared to the previous year. This was even more than the overall drop in the Czech Republic, which was 4.9 percent, according to recent Czech Police statistics.

Crime has been dropping for five years.

The city conducted a Safety Sensitivity Analysis, which shows that 90 percent of the population feels safe around their home.

“Prague is seen as safe, and Praguers and tourists feel safe. It turns out that targeted investments by the city into the equipment for the Metropolitan Police and other security forces have been the right decision. The result of the analysis is a good testimonial for us,” Prague Deputy Mayor Petr Hlubuček (United Force for Prague), responsible for security, said on the City Hall website.

Prague City Police Director Eduard Šuster said the research results must be taken with great humility. “For us, it is the commitment to even more hard work for our beautiful metropolis. The work of police officers, firefighters and rescuers is very demanding, responsible and often dangerous. Everyone deserves our recognition and admiration,” Šuster said.

The Safety Sensitivity Analysis follows a similar survey three years ago and shows that the feeling of safety has increased in all metropolitan areas.

Even with tourism and nightlife, 3 percent of the population in Prague 1 claimed to feel safe more than three years ago.

“Of course, our work does not end there. For example, we are currently trying to increase the number of street patrols. That is why we have recently asked the Ministry for Labor and Social Affairs to increase the risk premium for police officers. And, of course, we are planning further investments to increase security in the capital,” Deputy Mayor Hlubuček said.

At the request of the City of Prague, the survey firm Ipsos asked for opinions from a sample of 1,200 respondents, which is more than there was for a similar analysis in 2015. The results showed that Prague is ranked among the safest cities in the world.

“I am very glad that the confidence of citizens in the Czech Police has increased in the long term. The results of this research show that in Prague, police are trusted by10 percent more citizens than the current national average. It is an expression of the fact that the Prague police can create a safe space, fight crime, protect against the threat of terrorist attacks, and also handle big security measures. I see this result as an appreciation of the everyday work of all Prague policemen and women,” Prague Police Director Jan Ptáček said.

According to Deputy Mayor Petr Hlubuček, the city must now work to accelerate and simplify cooperation between the city and security forces in areas such as drugs and street crime.

Most crimes reported are property crimes, which nationwide account for 51 percent.

Police resolved 54.3 percent of reported crimes in 2018.

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