More than half of Charlotte area residents are only slightly or not at all worried about becoming a victim of crime, says a Charlotte Observer/WCNC-TV poll. The vast majority of those surveyed gave police a passing grade when it comes to fighting and preventing crime. The poll found that 12 percent are very worried about becoming a crime victim, while 34 percent are somewhat worried. Fifty-four percent are only slightly or not at all worried about becoming a victim.
Caucasians are less worried than African Americans. People who make more money are less worried than those who don’t make so much. Women tend to worry more than men, the poll showed. Peggy Edmunds, a 60-year-old lifelong Charlottean, is very worried about becoming a crime victim. “You used to feel safe walking down the street. Now I don’t feel safe doing that,” said Edmunds. “Kids, they don’t respect people like they used to.” Fifty-five percent rated police as excellent or good; 33 percent said fair; and 5 percent said poor. Caucasians were more likely than African Americans to rate police as excellent or good.