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City Fails to Make Residents Feel Safer, Survey Says

Hey College Park - How safe do you feel?

About 1 in 4 residents don’t completely feel safe when they walk on neighborhood streets
About 2 in 5 residents don’t completely feel safe in the neighborhood where they live
About 2 in 3 residents don’t completely feel safe near the Greenbelt Metro station

These are only a few numbers that the City disclosed recently on its bi-yearly residents’ survey.

You can view the complete survey results on City’s website here.

What is striking about these results is that they haven’t changed much from the previous years. In other words, residents are still feeling unsafe when it comes to public safety in the city.

In fact, in some categories, things went worse in the past 2 years. For example, the number of pedestrians that do not feel safe in the city continues to increase (from 27% in 2008 to 28% in 2010). The same figure near the Greenbelt Metro has gone up from 61% to 64%.

The survey also says for all these safety ratings that, where possible, respondents commented that they felt safe during the day but not at night, prompting perhaps biased results similar to in 2008.

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