The Citizen - Page 37

P a g e | 37 Public Safety KEY FINDINGS:  Eighty percent of Sangamon County residents report that they feel safe walking alone at night in their neighborhood compared to 17 percent reporting that they feel unsafe. These results are consistent with the 2013 survey and do not indicate a significant change in perceptions of public safety among Sangamon County residents.  Seven percent of residents feel less safe in their home now than they did a year ago.  Perceptions of law enforcement presence have decreased with only 22 percent of respondents reporting that they see police or other types of law enforcement patrolling their neighborhood (or street) “very often,” compared to 31 percent in 2013.  African-American residents report a higher law enforcement presence in their neighborhoods and also report feeling “safe” while walking alone at night in their neighborhoods at a higher rate than white residents. However, they are more likely to report that they feel “less safe” in their homes now compared to a year ago.  One-fourth of female Sangamon County residents report feeling “unsafe” walking alone at night in their neighborhood or on their street. Perceptions of Public Safety 20% 18% 16% 14% 12% 10% 8% 6% 4% 2% 0% 19% 17% 11% 11% 8% 7% Percent who feel unsafe walking alone at night Percent who feel less safe in their homes African-American residents Percent who report not seeing law enforcement White residents