Safety in the City

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Thursday, December 13, 2012 00:00 EST

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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/14/2012 11:48:06 AM
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What makes you feel unsafe?
To turn the question around a bit, I'd like to know what makes citizens feel unsafe when attending a city event. For myself, I get scared when:

--A location has a "bad" reputation

--The venue is surrounded by dark, lonely streets

--The venue is in a downtrodden area

Any other thoughts, urbanites?

One building that fits my criteria for scary venue is the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/14/2012 10:16:39 AM
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Re: No one answered no
I pretty much feel the same way, though I think it's important to be careful to keep this kind of tech regulated and, like you said, not keep data for an extended period of time. But I am fine with being observed by CCTV and the like, and with enhanced security measures of all sorts, if it means that I can feel secure in big crowds and in my city.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/14/2012 9:20:57 AM
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Re: No one answered no
Speaking personally, I would welcome more surveillance if it meant more safety. It is fairly easy to distingush between gratuitous privacy invasion and public safety measures. CCTV doesn't bother me; typically, the images aren't saved beyond a couple of weeks.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
12/13/2012 7:48:41 PM
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Re: No one answered no
For all of the "Yes" people, I question whether they're also happy to invite more CCTV cams and other methods of surveillance in exchange for that comfort they feel out and about, in large crowds, in their cities.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
12/13/2012 3:50:58 PM
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No one answered no
Although "sometimes" doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in city safety measures, it is probably a better judgment on a city than "no" in this context.

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