The most important issue in today's Estonia is undoubtedly everyday security in the streets and at home. As there has been an explosive growth in crime and particularly serious crime, the police often lack the resources (both time and people) to tackle petty crime which affects the man on the street most directly. Most of the serious crimes are connected with the settling of accounts among criminal gangs which can affect ordinary citizens too, since they are often accidentally caught up in such conflicts. Organized crime is directed at making new successful businessmen pay "taxes," which in future can slow down economic activity, although this is not happening yet. Currently, part of the "successful" criminal structures try to secure positions in legal economic structures (by money laundering), and there are clear indications that at least some of them have succeeded. The main roots of organized crime are in the former Soviet Union, and insufficient border control contributes to its penetration into Estonia. The criminal gangs of the former Soviet Union are not just a problem for Estonia or the Baltics but also for the police in Central and Western Europe. Besides, the spread of organized crime may rest on structures created on the instructions and financing of the KGB, and that in certain situations these structures may serve political orders.
Demography, the study of births & deaths, has a profound influence on people & public policy; governments or legislatures seem to have 'precious little influence on such matters.' It should have been possible to predict that the 52% increase in the fourteen to twenty-four age group in the US in the 1960s would have resulted in the overload of institutions, the teenage turbulence in the '60s & '70s, & the unemployment of today. The young people of the future will be paying to support the vastly enlarged number of old people that will exist once the youths of the '60s turn sixty-five; this becomes more alarming with consideration that population is now declining. World reproduction rates are beginning to decline & stability in world population may be achieved by 2010 or 2015. Modified AA.