March 24, 2011
Bill Shapard

Feel safe in your neighborhood after dark? The survey says...

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Kathryn Lyons revived an Alert Neighbors program after several houses in her Midtown neighborhood were burglarized. ADAM WISNESKI/Tulsa World[/caption]


A recent survey of 1,800 Tulsans found that while 87 percent feel safe walking in their neighborhoods during the day, the number drops to 54 percent when it comes to walking after dark.

The survey was conducted by Shapard Research from Dec. 12 to Jan. 21 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

Researcher Bill Shapard said the results were the same regardless of where in the city the respondents lived.

Crime Commission Executive Director Carol Bush said vigilant residents are the key to turning around not only the perception of safety in neighborhoods, but the reality of it.

The Crime Commission oversees the Alert Neighbors program, of which there are about 1,000 active groups across the city. Bush said in the past year, the requests to start new units have spiked.

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Bill Shapard
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Bill Shapard

Bill is the founder of SoonerPoll.com and ShapardResearch, a full service market research firm based in Oklahoma City. Bill began his career in polling after working on a major campaign in Oklahoma from 1996 until founding SoonerPoll in 2004.