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Police survey reveals most Portlanders feel safe

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Most people in Portland feel safe, but not all the time.

Portland police teamed up with the University of New England for the 9-month study.

It finds about two thirds of people, about 64 percent, feel safe walking around the city "all the time".

But that figure drops significantly when asked about walking alone in the city at night, just over 19 percent say they feel safe during that time, less than one in five.
The study also found most people think drugs, drinking and panhandling are the city's biggest problems.

"We did the survey right around when the median strip ordinance was in its hayday, said Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck. There was a lot of conversation about that. So that could have had something to do with it, but I was hearing a lot of complaints before the survey as well."

The chief says his department will use the study to help focus where to put their resources.