Criminal and Terrorist Threats are Top of Mind for Citizens
People expect their local, state and national leaders to keep them safe as they go about their daily activities. But with the recent spate of high-profile attacks, security concerns are top of mind. Examples include the Christchurch attack in New Zealand in March of 2019 that killed 52 people and injured another 49, the Sri Lanka Easter bombings, which killed 253 and injured more than 500 – as well as the steady stream of mass shootings and vehicles running into crowds. The 2019 Unisys Security Index™, the longest-running recurring snapshot of consumer security concerns conducted globally, found that security anxieties among citizens across the globe are at their highest levels in the 13 years since the survey began in 2007.
The 2019 Unisys Security Index documents that people are increasingly concerned about three overwhelming threats that government must address: terrorists, criminals and identity thieves.
- Terrorists—The Unisys Security Index found that 85% of citizens are concerned about national security in relation to terrorism.
- Criminals—Among citizens surveyed, fears for personal security rose slightly in 2019 over last year. Most respondents were concerned that a criminal might attack and harm people at a major event, such as a sports championship or music concert.
- Identity thieves: The 2019 Unisys Security Index found that global unease about internet security also grew since 2018.
The key is for government officials to understand and respond effectively across the breadth of citizen concerns. Not only must national governments take security actions at their borders, local politicians must also address constituents’ misgivings about personal safety especially among those attending major events. And because terrorist and criminal organizations employ the internet to operate as global organizations, governments must collaborate across borders.
To learn more about where security concerns exist within public sector agencies and what steps to take to mitigate risk, read Recent Terrorist Attacks Underscore the Need For Security: A Review of the 2019 Unisys Security Index™