THE country's performance in the safety of its people and property has weakened in recent years, an Afrobarometer report released yesterday has indicated.
Presenting the findings, two researchers with the Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA), Ms Rose Aiko and Abel Kinyondo, also noted that the public's enthusiasm to report crime and seek police assistance was low in comparison to many other African countries.
Ms Aiko said the proportion of Tanzanian residents experiencing crime (theft in homes and physical attacks) and anxiety about crime had grown since 2005. Compared to 33 out of 35 countries participating in the Afrobarometer round 5 survey, Tanzania's performance on people's safety was dismal.
The analysis shows that on crime reporting, only 42 per cent of people who were victims of crime in 2011-2012 reported the incidents to the police, while women were found to be more fearful of crime compared to men, although the data also revealed that they were not more likely to fall victim to two crimes compared to men.
"Nonetheless, men are much better at reporting crimes than women, likewise people are more likely to report theft than physical assaults to police," Ms Aiko added.
She added that the public demonstrated low enthusiasm about seeking police intervention when they fall victim of crime and when asked who they would go to for assistance, only 36 per cent of the survey respondents said they would seek police assistance.
The researchers also came across surprising findings: Whereas wisdom suggests that trust in the police would encourage engagement with the law-enforcement organ, the survey revealed that people who trust the police were less likely to seek police intervention.