12 - The public feels safe

Goal 2 - Desired Condition 12 - The public feels safe.


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"The public feels safe"

Our Conclusion:


Based on the Following criteria:

Local Trend is POSITIVE
Albuquerque, compared to others, is POSITIVE
Citizen perception compared to data DIFFERS

Local Trend LOCAL TREND:

Albuquerque citizens were asked to report their feelings of safety outside in their neighborhood during the daytime and at night. The survey, commissioned by the City of Albuquerque and conducted by an outside research firm, has asked this question every other year since 2001. Over the years, citizens have reported feeling increasingly safe outside at night in their neighborhood. Feelings of safety outside during the day have decreased slightly during the same period. However, the percent of change in feelings of daytime safety is virtually equal to the margin of error in the survey (±2.6); therefore it is inappropriate to draw conclusions from this trend.


The citizen perception survey and questions regarding feelings of safety outside in the neighborhood at night and during the day are unique to the City of Albuquerque. There are no comparable data upon which to base an assessment of citizen perceptions of safety between Albuquerque and peer Southwest cities.

Citizen Perception CITIZEN PERCEPTION:

This Desired Community Condition is unique in that the perception of the condition essentially is the condition, namely subjective feelings of safety. Albuquerque citizens all rated this Desired Community Condition as being important. Citizens with greater income and women perceived this condition as being more important than did those with less income and men. The relationships between the demographics noted, and the varying perceptions of importance, were all true to a statistically significant degree. In contrast, those who most frequently reported feeling "very safe" were men and those with the most income, the same groups who rated the condition as being less important. Analysis of the Citizen Perception Survey revealed that whether a citizen had been the victim of a crime in the past year did not have a statistically significant effect on their perceptions of safety in their neighborhood.


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