Terrorism is the first concern of the French and ahead for the first time since 2006 unemployment, according to an annual survey published Thursday on the feeling of insecurity.
This is the eleventh annual “victimization” survey for 2016, published by the National Observatory of Crime and Penal Responses (ONDRP) and the National Institute of Statistics (INSEE).
This survey makes it possible to measure the evolution of crime beyond the only administrative statistics of the police and gendarmerie, by surveying 16,000 French people aged 14 and over, who do not systematically complain when they are victims.
“In 2017, one in three mentions terrorism and attacks as the most worrying problem for French society (32%),” according to this study. For the first time since 2006, the “proportion of people worried about terrorism takes precedence over that measured for unemployment (23%),” the study continues.
However, the French say they are less concerned about delinquency (9% in 2017 against slightly less than 14% in 2014).
Once again, the study highlights variable complaint rates by type of event. While property crimes are the ones with the highest complaint rates (75%), the violence is followed by a complaint in less than 30% of cases. This rate falls to less than 15% when it comes to sexual violence or violence in the household or in the couple.
Among the indicators on the decline, the study notes the fall in 2016 burglaries and attempted burglaries, started in 2015. The study estimates that 470,000 the number of households victims against 550,000 in 2014.
Physical violence outside the household also declined significantly in 2016 (610,000 estimated victims against 770,000 in 2015).
After having increased until 2013 (372,000 victims), the number of people who suffered theft or attempted theft with violence, which had significantly decreased in 2014, continues to decline in 2016 with 186,000 victims. In 40% of cases of violent theft, a mobile phone was coveted by the attacker.
The survey also highlights the sharp rise since 2010 in fraudulent debits on bank accounts: just over 1.2 million households with a bank account reported having suffered one.