Israel Police officer 311.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
Violent crime levels are significantly falling in most cities, according to
figures held by the Public Security Ministry.
Between 2007 and 2011,
crimes such as assaults, robbery, sexual attacks, and street violence fell by 17
percent across the country.
Several cities saw drops in violent crimes,
including Hadera (40%), Acre (51%), Haifa (22%), Bat Yam (25%), and Eilat (27%).
Additionally, Afula (37% drop), Beersheba (4%), Nazareth (29%) and Rishon Lezion
(2%) all witnessed a reduction in violent crime.
Levels of youth crime
also fell over the past four years.
Ramle (50% ), Rishon Lezion (38%),
Bat Yam (58%), Eilat (50%) Kfar Saba (66%) and Acre (60%) all saw falls in youth
The reduction in violent crimes is attributed by Public Security
officials in part to measures implemented by the City Without Violence program,
under which CCTV cameras have been installed across city centers and hooked up
to municipal control rooms.
The program also calls for cooperation
between schools, welfare officials, central government and local government to
work together to reduce violence.
According to a Public Security Ministry
poll taken in recent months, 74% of the Israeli public feels a high sense of
personal security, placing Israel fourth out of OECD countries surveyed.