A local experiment worth studying by every municipality struggling with the problem of gypsy crime

Monday, August 2, 2010

Mayor Zoltán Mihály Orosz

Zoltán Mihály Orosz is the mayor of Érpatak, the town that was founded at the time of “Honfoglalás”. Nowadays, the mayor gives interviews and he is all over the media -- for good reasons; he has achieved something that nobody else could in the country until now – he has singlehandedly cleaned his municipality up of gypsy crime.

Today, community leaders try to imitate his strategy that produced a marvellous result, an achievement that only a few people believed was possible.

Just a few years ago, Érpatak had been terrorized by gypsy criminals so much so that residents were afraid of leaving their homes for fear of home invasions and other sorts of property related crimes. The situation in Érpatak was so bad that residents began selling their homes and moved out of the town. The deteriorating law and order situation was partly due to the fact that police failed to enforce the law and fulfil their constitutional duty of protecting the property and life of ordinary citizens.

Zoltán Mihály Orosz was elected as a mayor of Érpatak in 2005 and he had to confront with gypsy criminals right on the election day. He knew if he takes care of hard-core criminals the rest will fall in line.

The gypsies did everything they could to sabotage the mayor's plan to implement new measures to make the town safer for residents. Initially, few believed that this was possible. Gypsy criminals threatened the mayor's life several times, assaulted him on the street and threw Molotov cocktail at his house. However, Zoltán Mihály Orosz didn't budge. He wrote letters to various police departments requesting help for his project. Little by little, police got more cooperative and as a result, gypsy criminals started backing down. As time went by, the project picked up momentum and started producing result manifesting itself in dropping crime rate.

In the second phase of the plan, the mayor asked gypsies to start contributing to their own wellbeing by cultivating the plots around their homes. The town offered help to get them started. Using taxpayers money, the town plowed their gardens and handed out seed for free of charge. In exchange, gypsies are expected to cultivate their gardens, otherwise, they are fined. In case a person can't pay, he is expected to perform community work; if the person is not willing to do community work his welfare benefit cut off.

The town set up a task-force that enforcing the regulations making sure that nobody opts out of the project.

Today, most gypsies are cultivating their gardens and the crime rate of the town declined by 60 percent from the previous years. Undetected crimes have dropped from 75 percent to 5 percent.

As a result of these measures, the town is booming. People can leave their homes and socialize without being afraid of criminals breaking into their homes.

The phenomenal success of getting rid of gypsy crime made mayor Zoltán Mihály Orosz a celebrated figure in the country. Other cities too want to adopt his method. Most recently, the city of Miskolc indicated that the municipality is in the process of implementing the Érpatak model.

Though, Zoltán Mihály Orosz is officially independent, he is not shy of letting people know his ideological leaning. He is a nationalist, a fair and just individual that judges everyone according to his own merit, unlike the liberals that use double standards when it comes to law enforcement and fighting against gypsy crime.



Anonymous said...

In New York City, Mayor Giuliani implemented a crackdown on "nuisance" crimes.....prostitutes, homeless, etc.

The result was overall crime rates dropped dramatically.

Murderers do not murder every day. Thieves do not steal every day.
But these people break many other small laws nearly every day. Take them off the street and the bigger crimes do not take place.

It is that simple.

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