Locals in North Cyprus are saying that there is an increasing sense of insecurity as far as personal safety is concerned. People are saying that they have lost their peace of mind and do not feel safe any longer.
Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen interviewed a random selection of people on the issue of personal safety.
They responded by saying that there was more violent crime, that they would never leave their doors unlocked, were worried about walking about after dark and would no longer consider leaving their cars parked in deserted places. Some said that they feared to send there children out.
The general consensus was for an increased police presence, both day and night – in particular side streets and children’s park. However, there are not enough police to monitor the increasing population in the north to do the job.
More police should be recruited and there need to be more security cameras in place to help fight crime. Additionally, more effective security checks should be in place to prevent undesirable persons from entering the country, they said.