Feeling of security


More than five of ten Czechs feel completely or mostly safe in place where they live. In research Hopes and Fears Czech 2017 (Naděje a obavy Čechů 2017) by MindBridge Consulting company then the remaining six out of ten respondents aged 18–60 say that they have a greater or lesser fears in place where they live and because of that adjust their behaviour and habits.

“Research measured primarily subjective feelings. The real response may be influenced by the frequency of mentioning the topic of crime in the media, shared “bad stories” with experiences or physical condition of respondent too. Research has proven stronger correlation of safety in smaller communities, where the people know each other well, than in larger cities and confirmed statistical data about criminality, " comments Ladislav Klika, CEO MindBridge Consulting.

Do you agree with the statement:
„In the town/village where I live, I feel under all circumstances always fully safe.“?

In higher age security feeling is lower … with higher household income increases.

The strongest feeling of security was measured among people in age under 35 years, the lowest feeling among 65 years and older respondent then. While there was not significant gender effect on answers measured, in the last wave we noticed slightly more fears in women answers. Interesting was the fact that there is higher correlation between higher income of households and higher levels of perceived security. It could be possibly explained in the way when economic situation of households determines the location of housing (the higher income level household has, the “better, safe” address it can afford).

Security in the countryside…or in Prague

A significant difference in the perception of security feeling is between the larger towns and settlements up to 5,000 inhabitants. While feeling of security is weaker in cities, it is almost twice higher in villages. The exception can be Prague, where 67% respondents feel safe, which is 9 percent points above the national average. The worst evaluated Moravskoslezský county reached 48% of those who feel safe (definitely + rather agree).

About the survey:
The research Hopes and Fears Czech 2017 maps the overall attitudes of the economically active population. It indicates opinion trends that will affect household consumption, the mood of the population and political preference. The research was conducted in December 2016 on a representative sample of the population of 850 inhabitants of the Czech Republic, 18–60 years old, F2F, the sample of respondents was representative of the whole Czech Republic (regions, size of residence, education, income).