Index: Crime & Safety / Subcategory: Public Safety

Perceived Safety

Date updated: 07/30/2012

This measure represents the levels of perceived safety identified by Larimer County citizens through several surveys. On each survey, questions about residents' perceptions of safety were asked differently to various samples of people, resulting in differing answers. The answers cannot be directly compared because of the difference in sampling methods and design of survey questions. The populations measured and survey content are described with the corresponding charts. Several studies are cited, with each respective sample indicating how respondents felt about their own safety at that point in time. The most recent studies are:

What this chart shows: Overall Safety of Residents - Fort Collins, 2008, 2010 & 2012

Data Source:

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What the above data tell us:

In 2012, Fort Collins randomly selected a sample of 1,800 adult local citizens and 200 Colorado State University (CSU) dormitory students. Of the 1,936 households and dormitory students receiving the survey, 627 completed it, 44 of which were CSU dormitory students. Survey respondents were asked to rate the phrase 'Overall safety of residents' as 'Very Good,' 'Good,' 'Average,' 'Bad,' or 'Very Bad.' The large majority (91%) of survey respondents in Fort Collins rated overall safety as either 'very good' or 'good.'

The rate of safety varies by the location. 'Downtown Fort Collins during the day' and 'Your neighborhood during the day' tied for where and when people feel safest, followed by 'Recreation facilities'. (2012 City of Fort Collins Citizen Survey, Figure 11 - p. 13 [pdf])

The number of respondents who rated overall safety as 'very good' increased by 5 percentage points (37% vs. 42%) between 2010 and 2012, whereas the number of respondents who rated overall safety as 'good' declined by 1 percentage point (50% vs. 49%). In 2010, 2% of the respondents thought overall safety was 'bad' or 'very bad', however 1% of respondents in 2012 rated overall safety as 'bad' or 'very bad'.

What this chart shows: Loveland is a Safe Community - 2009, 2010 & 2011

Data Source:

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What the above data tell us:

In 2011, the City of Loveland mailed out 3,000 questionnaires to randomly selected households and received 923 completed surveys, for a response rate of 32.5%. Compared to previous years, slightly fewer Loveland residents (93%) responded positively to the statement, 'Loveland is a safe community', compared to 95% in 2009 and 2010.

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Data Tables:

Overall Safety of Residents - Fort Collins

Rating

2008

2010

2012

Very Good

36%

37%

42%

Good

51%

50%

49%

Average

12%

11%

8%

Bad

0%

2%

1%

Very Bad

0%

0%

0%

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Loveland is a Safe Community

Rating

2009

2010

2011

Strongly Agree/Agree

95%

95%

93%

Strongly Disagree/Disagree

5%

3%

3%

No Opinion

1%

2%

4%

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