particularly I was interested in the police boxes, of which, for example, in Tokyo felt at every third major intersection, a stick. These Kobans (in cities) or Chuzaijyos (in the country), the icon for the proximity to the citizens of the Japanese police.

After many conversations with police officers, professors, community representatives and people on the street it is clear to me: There is no one answer to the question of how internal security or the feeling of inner security.

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I don’t know now, the much-described, often-praised police block boxes, but the Foundation of Japanese security architecture. The Foundation, as trite as it sounds, the citizens of the Empire. The feeling to be together for the safety of all responsible, is part of their DNA.

In the Tokyo suburb of Chiba, I met the retirees Masatoshi Saito. He directs one of 184 neighbourhood organizations in his district. The enthusiasm and dedication with which he will go to his comrades-in-arms for many years as an unpaid volunteer several times a month in the evenings in the streets while on patrol, have a deep impression on me.

Bangladeshis want to say the concept of neighbourhood patrol in your home to establish

The man, the Bangladeshis in his place, with which his people go for a year on Patrol, had promised him to the concept of neighbourhood patrol in your home to establish. This had him “moved to tears”.

This statement reflects for me the importance for many Japanese, the notion of “public order”.

The Police box System, the care of the elderly or the neighborhood organizations, what works in Japan, not must, of course, also work with us. The Japanese do things differently, this is also due to the teaching of the old Confucius – there is no freedom without order. The Japanese want to do as sting never negative out from the crowd, and he has – in comparison to Western cultures – the others respect.

Sure is: we can learn from the Japanese on how to prevent murder and manslaughter. But a lot would be gained if we were to consider some things, to bridge the gap between the real security (expressed in terms of the crime rate), and perceived safety.

neighborhood organizations: skepticism in Germany, of respect in Japan

Take, for example, pensioners Saito and its citizens sheriffs. Although there are similar initiatives also in Bavaria and Hesse, for example. But in the criticism. These civil security guards as a “cheap police” denigrated. The “vigilante”, which brings back memories of very dark times.

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) The model in Japan, but it works so well, because the neighborhood organizations of the municipality, the police and the citizens are taken seriously. The authorities to give material and logistical support, of flashing bars on the club rooms up to training. The acceptance of the citizens, citizens sheriffs like Saito did not earn, but by their patrols. You don’t also ensure that streets and squares litter, beautify small green areas in the district. They take responsibility for their own neighbourhood, the consequence of a higher sense of security. It is the feeling that someone cares.

We Germans like to say: For the safety of the police is responsible. It can’t be that the citizens must provide for law and order. That’s right. And wrong. Anyone who complains that the district neglected, or he does not feel at all safe on the road, you must ask yourself: What can I change it?

police boxes are certainly not one-to-one transferable to Germany

That the public safety in Japan is understood as a community task for all, illustrates a small Detail. In the cities of the many small 24-hours-supermarkets, places of refuge for Harassed, Threatened: A sign with a cartoon elephant and the inscription “Safety Station” indicates that here, everyone can make an emergency call. Sounds simple. Is simple. While there are in Germany, not in every city and certainly not on the village of 24-hour supermarkets. However, especially in cities with high crime, such as in Berlin, or in many area cities with the “Spätkauf” or the “drinking-halls” similar long and open gas stations there are in the province.

The Japanese police boxes are certainly not one-to-one transferable to Germany. The very strong police presence due to the many Kobans, or even the regular home visits of police officers office of questions – as many Germans are probably more likely to get out. A complete control it is also available in Japan, obviously. Several Japanese have told me to be never or almost never by police officers attended.

And the majority of German citizens have nothing against more police in your area. The opposite is the case, as a survey conducted by the opinion research Institute Civey for FOCUS Online shows: 57 percent would feel, therefore, with a police station in your neighborhood is safer, a good third of them would not notice any difference, only eight percent feared a deterioration of their sense of Safety. More presence in the show – the have understood police, and politics in Germany, it seems. Thus, for example, on Crime in Berlin now, additional police stations and more Patrols. This is a first step. The police must take the Concerns of the citizens, even if they are unfounded, seriously.

The Japanese have realized, unlike us, that for the safety of every individual can contribute. Whether in the countryside or in the metropolis.

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What is the Problem?

Germany’s population is getting older, and thus, the number of seniors who are victims of crime is on the rise. 5.6 percent of the victims in 2012 were older than 60 in the past year, 6.1 percent. Even if the increase is not yet dramatic, call the senior citizens ‘ associations measures. “In an ageing society, the strengthening of the social participation of seniors is an important task of security in the sense of a protection against crime is one aspect,” says the Federal Association of senior citizens ‘ organisations (Bagso).

What is Japan doing?

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What can Germany learn from them?

In Germany there are similar models as in Namoku. The Federal Association of senior citizens ‘ organisations (Bagso) indicates that the cities of Mayen had been introduced in the Eifel volunteer telephone chain, in which seniors call around to each other daily, to see if everything is in order. Another example is a cooperation of the senior Advisory Board of Hannover with the police, to be formed in the members of the Advisory Board of the volunteer security advisors would be. The Bagso says: “the older the people are, the more important is their direct living environment.”

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