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2006 Citizen Survey Results

COMMUNITY SAFETY

Respondents rated the overall safety of residents as good, with no significant change in the mean rating compared to previous surveys.

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0 to 12 = very bad, 13 to 37 = bad, 38 to 62 = average, 63 to 87 = good, 88 to 100 = very good

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).

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0 to 12 = always unsafe, 13 to 37 = usually unsafe, 38 to 62 = sometimes safe/unsafe, 63 to 87 = usually safe, 88 to 100 = always safe
Table 6
SAFETY RATINGS
  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.