FRA Paper on People’s Security Concerns
On 22 July 2020, FRA published a paper presenting people’s concerns and experiences relating to security. For this survey, approximately 35,000 persons aged 16 years and older were interviewed in all EU Member States, plus North Macedonia and the United Kingdom.
Looking at the degree to which people worry about terrorism, the report finds that one in five persons in the EU (19 %) are very worried about experiencing a terrorist attack in the 12 months following the survey. One in four persons in the EU (24 %) are very worried about unauthorised use of their online bank account or credit or debit card details in the 12 months following the survey. 8 % have experienced an incident where their online bank account or details of their credit or debit card were used without permission to defraud or steal from them in the five years before the survey. About 55 % are concerned about their online data (i.e. the information they share on the internet/social media) being accessed by criminals and fraudsters. About 14 % experienced cyber harassment in the five years before the survey. Nevertheless, experiencing harassment in person remains more common than cyber harassment.
The report also outlines socio-demographic characteristics associated with those people being more or less worried about experiencing a certain crime.