The annual process at Seattle University to collect survey responses to aid the Seattle Police Department and City Hall in better understanding how citizens feel about crime and safety in their neighborhoods is winding down. You have a couple more days to add your responses to the dataset:
The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. The survey is accessible at publicsafetysurvey.org from October 15th through November 30th, 2018 and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. Please help get the word out and circulate this information to your friends, family, co-workers and community members and feel free to post the information on your social media. If you would like the survey information in one of the other languages that we provide the survey in, please let us know. Public safety and security are community concerns. Make sure your voice is heard.
Last year’s report on the Seattle U research was illuminating — particularly when it comes to attitudes about crime. In Ballard, for example, the rate of violent crime incidents was about half of Capitol Hill’s pace. But residents of Capitol Hill and its East Precinct neighbors — First Hill, Montlake, the Central District, Madison Park, and the nearby — expressed less fear than their northern neighbors. Ballard, for what it’s worth, topped the charts with their anxiety about Seattle crime in 2017.
In addition to perceptions about crime, the data is used to identify what types of crime residents in different areas of the city are most concerned about. Capitol Hill respondents last year identified “lack of police capacity” — not enough cops — as their biggest concern, followed by car prowls, and parking issues.
You can take this year’s survey at publicsafetysurvey.org through Friday and view the full 2017 report based on last year’s survey process here (PDF). You can also view the latest SPD crime statistics for Capitol Hill and East Precinct on the Capitol Hill Crime Dashboard. CHS last looked at the Hill’s crime trends here.
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