Crime a pressing concern for Germans: survey

A majority of Germans, 57 percent, are “very concerned” about crime in their country, according to a survey released on Wednesday by the global market researcher Ipsos.

Among supporters of the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, 82 percent said they were concerned, according to the survey.

The online survey collected answers from 1,000 participants aged between 16 and 75.

It also showed that 65 percent of the respondents generally trusted the police, while 11 percent said they had no trust in local law enforcement agencies.

Depending on their political orientation, the survey found “considerable differences” among respondents with regard to whether or not they trusted the police.

Forty-seven percent of German citizens who were close to the Left Party had “by far” the least confidence in the police. The figure was also “comparatively low” (57 percent) among AfD sympathizers, according to the survey.

Supporters of Germany’s governing parties, the Social Democrats (SPD) and the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) had the “greatest confidence” in the police, according to the survey.

The survey indicated that older Germans believed that “security is more important to me than my personal freedom”. Among all citizens, 42 percent of the respondents put security before personal freedom.