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Ashrafieh: One of the safest places in Beirut according to its residents

A good home is often characterized with a sense of security. Residents of Ashrafieh said that they feel safe walking the streets at night, not worrying about getting robbed or witnessing sketchy business deals in a dark corner. How come? According to the locals, the people themselves are making the community safe.

Malak Abboud, a man in his sixties who have been living in Ashrafieh for decades, said that the fact that this is a homogenous area makes it safer.

“We don´t have many intruders here, the kind of people who live here hasn´t changed much over the year. This makes you now the area better and you feel safer,” Abboud said.

Georges Hobeika, a student, also pointed to the homogenous factor and said that because the area is Christian, it is more likely for less crime to occur.

“In areas where people of closed minded religions live, they don´t accept other people as much and that makes it less safe. Here people are more open minded,” Hobeika said.

While the high rents in Ashrafieh can be something for the residents to complain about, many also feel that this is one of the biggest contributors to reducing crime. The majority of the people living in this area belong to the higher middle class, which means they have the funds to pay for security.

Ashrafieh is considered to be one of the safest places in Beirut or at least it was, until the explosion of October 19, 2012. Opinions differ on this matter on whether or not the sense of security in the area has changed in regard to the car bomb that killed Wissam Al Hassan. Older residents, who have lived their whole life in this neighborhood, simply shrugged their shoulder at the question, saying that the incident had nothing to with the area but the targeted person instead. But the younger crowd is not so cool about it. Ashrafieh, being the home of many politicians, universities, a hospital and a big mall, could serve many reasons for why it would be the optimal bull´s eye.

“I´m scared because many politicians live here and they can easily be victim of an assassination, so it´s not that safe,” Hobaika said.
On the other hand, Peter Barakat, a student, said that the fact that the neighborhood is very crowded just makes him feel safer. “There are always people around. I don´t have to worry about being attacked while walking down the street by myself,” he said.

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A good home is often characterized with a sense of security. Residents of Ashrafieh said that they feel safe walking the streets at night, not worrying about getting robbed or witnessing sketchy business deals in a dark corner. How come? According to the locals, the people themselves are making the community safe.

Malak Abboud, a man in his sixties who have been living in Ashrafieh for decades, said that the fact that this is a homogenous area makes it safer.

“We don´t have many intruders here, the kind of people who live here hasn´t changed much over the year. This makes you now the area better and you feel safer,” Abboud said.

Georges Hobeika, a student, also pointed to the homogenous factor and said that because the area is Christian, it is more likely for less crime to occur.

“In areas where people of closed minded religions live, they don´t accept other people as much and that makes it less safe. Here people are more open minded,” Hobeika said.

While the high rents in Ashrafieh can be something for the residents to complain about, many also feel that this is one of the biggest contributors to reducing crime. The majority of the people living in this area belong to the higher middle class, which means they have the funds to pay for security.

Ashrafieh is considered to be one of the safest places in Beirut or at least it was, until the explosion of October 19, 2012. Opinions differ on this matter on whether or not the sense of security in the area has changed in regard to the car bomb that killed Wissam Al Hassan. Older residents, who have lived their whole life in this neighborhood, simply shrugged their shoulder at the question, saying that the incident had nothing to with the area but the targeted person instead. But the younger crowd is not so cool about it. Ashrafieh, being the home of many politicians, universities, a hospital and a big mall, could serve many reasons for why it would be the optimal bull´s eye.

“I´m scared because many politicians live here and they can easily be victim of an assassination, so it´s not that safe,” Hobaika said.
On the other hand, Peter Barakat, a student, said that the fact that the neighborhood is very crowded just makes him feel safer. “There are always people around. I don´t have to worry about being attacked while walking down the street by myself,” he said.

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