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      Police Chief: Be'er Sheva Crime Sparks Insecurity in Israel

      Israelis do not feel secure mostly due to a spate of recently publicized crimes, according to Israel Police Chief Yochanan Danino.
      By Chana Ya'ar
      First Publish: 5/16/2012, 12:20 PM

      Commissioner Danino
      Commissioner Danino
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      Israelis do not feel secure mostly due to a spate of recently publicized crimes, according to Israel Police Chief Yochanan Danino.

      The police chief testified Wednesday before the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee that Israelis have responded with increased insecurity to the media coverage of a recent murder in Be'er Sheva, despite statistics of reduced violence.

      "An event like the murder in Be'er Sheva creates a feeling of insecurity, and if citizens feel that way, it is my problem, the problem of the Israel Police, and the state's problem,” Danino said.

      Nevertheless, in recent years there has been an overall drop in violent crimes, he said, and added that police cannot be “the only address” for the myriad problems in Israeli society.

      The growing concerns over youth culture and the disaffected youth in Israel's cities are one example of an issue with complex roots that must be address in a multilateral manner.

      The social and criminal problems that have arisen as a result have given spawn to equally complex issues, he noted, including the matter of youth recreation, much of which Danino described as “extremely problematic.” 

      Earlier this month, 36-year-old Gadi Vichman was murdered late on a Friday night -- his daughter's birthday -- after asking a noisy group of young men who were apparently embroiled in a fight to speak more quietly. She reported that Gadi was killed the minute he went downstairs, just minutes after he had politely asked a group of youth to make less noise and been cursed at in response.

      Michal had called police earlier to report the noise and warn of the apparent violence between the youth, but officers failed to arrive.