Safety survey shows people feel less safe even though crime rate is down
Downtown Ottawa has become increasingly perilous according to many residents who participated in the latest Ottawa Police Service public survey.
The 2015 survey indicates 60% of people feel safe downtown during the day. The rate drops to 32% at night.
The daytime rate plummeted from the 81% recorded the last time police did a survey in 2012. There was a smaller decrease — three percentage points — when it came to the evening.
Leger, the contracted researcher, mailed out 16,000 invitation letters for people to take part in an Internet survey. Between March 30 and May 11, 4,328 surveys were completed.
The results, which were released Wednesday, suggest residents are generally feeling less safe compared to 2012.
Whether it’s waiting for the bus, using paths, walking in their neighbourhoods or simply being in their homes, people registered a lower rate of feeling safe during the day than they did three years ago.