Perception of physical safety
To be updated with future surveys
TMT has surveyed feeling of safety in the community for more than a decade, with the most recent community-wide phone survey was conducted by MarkeTec for TMT, December 2007.
- Average fire, police and ambulance response times reflect quality emergency services in the community, however, this data is not readily available and is mostly a question of staffing levels, as well as the number of responders.
Washoe County’s 2007, Environmental Scan: Community Assessment reported a similar survey question from Washoe County Sheriff and Reno Police Department surveys. When asked if Washoe County was more safe, about the same, or less safe, 42% responded that it was less safe in 2006, almost twice the 21% from the last survey in 2002, after having gone down several years in a row.
However, according to a 2007 City of Reno, Citizen Survey Regarding Growth, only 5% of Reno citizens thought crime/safety should be the number one priority in addressing community growth issues. While, according to a 2006 City of Sparks, Public Attitude Survey, 67% of Sparks citizens reported feeling safe from violent crime, 48% safe from property crime, and 74% safe from fire; 89% safe in their neighborhood during the day, 76% after dark, and 74% safe in Sparks during the day.