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Almost Half of Yakima's Population Doesn't Feel Safe Walking Alone at Night

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The City of Yakima is working hard to make residents feel safer in their own community, but according to a recent survey, the city has a long way to go. The City of Yakima is working hard to make residents feel safer in their own community, but according to a recent survey, the city has a long way to go.
YAKIMA, WA - The City of Yakima is working hard to make residents feel safer in their own community, but according to a recent survey, the city has a long way to go.

Nearly half of the people living in Yakima don't feel safe walking alone at night according to a Gallup Healthways Well-Being Index Survey.

"It's kind of sad to think I live in that type of community, but it's definitely people's outlook I think," said Cory Smith. "And it's kind of my outlook too that it's not very safe."

Smith said there are certain areas around town that he definitely wouldn't visit alone at night.

"I don't really feel too safe walking around at night anywhere on, I would say east of 16th Avenue," said Smith. "I wouldn't walk around unless I was definitely with a group of people."

But on the other hand, 51.3 percent of Yakima's population does feel safe alone at night.

Cynthia Tobar said she's never had a problem walking around alone at night and never feels like she's in danger.

"I feel safe walking in Yakima all the time," said Tobar. "I live clear out by the mission, and I walk down First Street all the time, and I don't have any problems with anybody approaching me."

Out of the 189 metro areas surveyed, Yakima came in with the second lowest number of people who actually feel safe.

The city said they're working to turn this perception around. An extra $2.5 million will be spent on public safety in 2014. The public safety budget will quadruple the amount of patrol vehicles on the streets of Yakima putting a total of 74 patrol cars in the community.
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