All from the same Washington Post article:
There is no public data on crimes, and requests for interviews with security officials were not granted, but in Cairo the stories are enough to strike fear….
Since the revolt last winter he’s seen a significant increase in kidnappings and armed carjackings….
“It’s not just lawlessness. It’s a complete lack of security,” said Fadia Abu Shahba, a criminal researcher at the National Center for Social and Criminal Studies. “There was such anger towards the police from the people because the people were attacked. People would curse them and hit them. But they are our children and we need security. Security is one of our most precious rights.”
In her research on carjackings Abu Shahba found that criminals who once used more benign weapons such as small knives and sticks had graduated to machine guns and rifles. She said in 2011 there were more than 40,000 carjackings in Egypt compared with about 4,000 in 2010.
Is security more about perception or reality?