Respondents rated the overall safety of residents as good, with no significant change in the mean rating compared to previous surveys.
The 2006 survey asked residents to rate how safe they feel in several different situations or locations. Using a scale ranging from always unsafe to always safe4, respondents rated their neighborhoods as always safe during the day. They also gave downtown Fort Collins during the day a relatively high mean rating as usually safe, bordering on always safe. Nearly one-half of respondents (48.1%) rated downtown Fort Collins during the day as always safe. Although lower, they rated all other situations and locations as usually safe (Figure 10 and Table 6).
Besides pointing out that respondents feel safer in their own neighborhoods than just about anywhere else, Figure 10 also shows that respondents generally feel safer during the day than at night. They feel much safer in their neighborhoods during the day than at night (89 during the day, compared to 79 at night), and much safer in downtown Fort Collins during the day (86 during the day, compared to 67 at night).
|Always Safe||Usually Safe||Sometimes Safe/Unsafe||Usually Unsafe||Always Unsafe||No Opinion|
|Your neighborhood during the day||60.1%||36.9%||2.0%||0.3%||0.1%||0.6%|
|Downtown Fort Collins during the day||48.1%||44.5%||3.7%||0.1%||0.0%||3.6%|
|Recreation facilities in Fort Collins||22.8%||56.4%||7.5%||0.4%||0.1%||12.8%|
|Your neighborhood at night||29.5%||57.0%||10.9%||1.4%||0.4%||0.8%|
|Parks in Fort Collins||19.2%||59.8%||11.8%||1.0%||0.1%||8.0%|
|Trails in Fort Collins||11.1%||52.3%||19.0%||1.3%||0.3%||16.2%|
|Downtown Fort Collins at night||9.4%||44.4%||31.7%||2.7%||0.3%||11.6%|
|Very Good||Good||Average||Bad||Very Bad||No Opinion|
|Overall safety of residents||17.2%||56.9%||23.0%||2.0%||0.1%||0.8%|
4 In order to make valid comparisons between the ratings for different situations or locations, and to track each situation’s or location’s ratings over time, respondents’ ratings were averaged using a scale ranging from 0 to 100, where 0 = always unsafe and 100 = always safe. Respondents who selected the no opinion option for any given item were not included in the mean.