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Widespread crime fear grips New Yorkers, per Siena College poll

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Anxiety over crime is a common concern across New York, according to a survey by Siena College’s Research Institute. The study, released today, reveals that 87% of New Yorkers consider crime to be a significant issue, with minimal variance in responses between upstate inhabitants and residents of New York City and its suburbs. Furthermore, 41% of respondents express heightened concerns for their personal safety, claiming they have never been this anxious before.

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This fear translates into apprehension about falling victim to crime, with 61% of New Yorkers expressing some degree of worry on this front. In response to these fears, 40% have invested $100 or more in anti-crime measures such as home security cameras, security lights or motion sensors in the past year. Nearly a quarter have purchased a professionally monitored home security system. The survey also reveals that public spaces, including schools, stores, and houses of worship, are sources of unease, with more than half of respondents fearing for their own or their family’s safety in these areas.

Particularly in New York City, crime concerns are more acute. Sixteen percent of city residents reported being physically assaulted in the past year, leading to higher rates of self-defense class participation, neighborhood watch involvement, and gun purchases compared to other parts of the state. The study, conducted between June 4-12 with 802 respondents, indicates that while the majority of New Yorkers are anxious, over 40% describe the situation as the worst it has ever been.