Poll: Perceptions of Crime on SLC West Side Unfounded

Poll: Perceptions of Crime on SLC West Side Unfounded

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(KSL News) – Results of a new KSL TV- Deseret Morning News poll show general perceptions about crime on the West Side of Salt Lake are unfounded.

When asked, 'Do you feel safe or unsafe in the following areas?'

37 percent say they feel very safe on the east side of Salt Lake City. Only seven percent say they feel very safe on the city's west side.

2002 Crimes: Violent Crimes Property Crimes Society Crimes East Side 45.8% 53.5% 42.8% West Side 34.1% 28% 25.1%

But in reality...in 2002 the east side of Salt Lake City had a higher percentage of crimes against people, property crimes, and crimes against society...than did the City's west side. Elsewhere in the valley West Valley is perceived as the most dangerous place. 54 percent think it's unsafe.

2002 Crime Overall Crime Rate per 1000 Residents Murray 103.96 South Salt Lake 85.88 West Valley City 60.92 Midvale 57.23

But the overall crime rate per 1-thousand residents is higher in Murray and South Salt Lake than it is in West Valley...and Midvale is just behind West Valley.

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