No place to hide? 52% fear they’re in danger every day — even at home!

NEW YORK — Over half of Americans feel like they’re in imminent danger at least once a day. A new poll of 2,000 Americans analyzed how they feel about their personal safety and found 52 percent feel on edge every day.

Younger Americans were the most likely to feel concerned about their safety on a daily basis – with 75 percent of those between 25 and 34 agreeing with this statement compared to just 50 percent of those 45 to 54.

Dark streets and sidewalks trigger their anxiety the most, followed by neighborhoods they aren’t too familiar with. Next in line were parking garages and riding alone in a rideshare or taxi. Speaking of rideshare services, 39 percent of respondents completely avoid them because they don’t feel safe taking them. This jumps to 50 percent for those between 25 and 34.

Top safety tip: share your location

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Arlo, the survey asked respondents what tips and tricks they use to make themselves feel safer and found 56 percent share their location with someone “just in case.” Gen Z and millennial respondents were the most likely to use this tactic, with 62 percent of those between 18 and 24 and 65 percent of those 25 to 34 sharing their location with someone.

Respondents also revealed the top things they’ll have on their person for safety and peace of mind while traveling. The most popular items are pepper spray (40%) and a personal safety app on their phone (40%). One in three respondents have an alert button or device as well as a self-defense keychain.

The top safety measure Americans take when they meet someone new is linking up in a public place (58%), followed by sharing their location with someone (43%). In fact, the average respondent shares their location when meeting someone new three times a month. Americans between 25 and 34 are the most cautious when it comes to this – sharing they do this an average of five times a month.

“Communicating your whereabouts with a trusted contact is a simple tactic to enable a greater sense of security,” says Lily Knowles, SVP of Marketing and Customer Care for Arlo, in a statement. “The survey results illuminate an uneasy population, further underscoring the need to prioritize personal safety – both on-the-go and at home.”

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Nervous in our own homes?

The survey also asked respondents about their safety in the comfort of their own homes and found 42 percent don’t feel safe when they’re home alone. Forty-five percent avoid living on the ground or first floors of apartment buildings out of fear of home invasions.

To combat this, 46 percent of respondents have a home security system – and younger respondents were the most likely to have a system. Sixty percent of those between 25 and 34 years-old have a home security system, followed by 57 percent of 35 to 44-year-olds and 55 percent of 18 to 24 year-olds.

A home security system is the top safety measure Americans take in their homes, followed by getting a dog and installing cameras or motion lights.

“Feeling safe is a fundamental need we all share, and the good news is that there’s many precautionary measures people have nowadays to take charge of their personal safety and security of their home and loved ones,” Knowles says. “From installing smart security systems and cameras at home, to using a personal safety app for direct access to emergency help on-the-go, there’s a range of advanced technologies that leverage AI or live support to not only bring peace of mind, but provide essential assistance when it’s needed most.”

Comments

  1. Momma’s solution? Eat more dirt. It’ll give you a great immune system, and not much can hurt you.

  2. I strongly recommend buying a firearm for the home safety part. I do not feel safe with big tech or big brother wired up at my house. Alexa or Google won’t keep me safe if the boogeyman is in the house but i assure Mr. 9milli will do just fine.

  3. We live in a world where couch hugging, bubble dwelling millennials are afraid of their own shadow. This can’t be due to them being coddled all their lives by an education system that puts inclusion over real education, could it? Grow up you pathetic little turd sniffers.

  4. This article intentionally leaves out any concealed carry demographics, the locations of those who feel most threatened (cities that don’t ‘allow’ gun possession I presume) and is clearly written to foster the fear of those inclined to be fearful.

  5. I now live in a small town one of those red fly over states that most of America finds repulsive, which I hope that feeling continues for many years. People here are salt of the earth, but mostly harmless. We can still go to the grocery store (4 minutes away) and leave our front door open. It’s sometimes feels like I’m still living in the 1970s. I love it.

  6. Hey, everyone! This study was commissioned by a company called Arlo that makes home security systems. Of course they are going to find evidence of anxiety and insecurity. And, oh gee, they also found that home security systems help respondents feel safe. What a shock!

    My high school English teacher taught me to always ask “who funded this study” before looking at the results. This is clearly not a credible study!

  7. In God we trust. Fear is used by satan to create chaos. Read and study the Constitution of the United States of America and how it was formed. Go to Bible study and learn about spiritual warfare and how to defeat satan (fear)

  8. I lived in China for over 17 years. I walked the streets at all hours of the day and night, sometimes even inebriated and I was never robbed.
    I now live in America and every time I venture outside I see scheit happening on the streets.
    What the f bomb happened to my country?

  9. Afraid? Move to a red state or rural area.
    I live in a rural area. Our elected sheriff puts problem people in the county jail. Bigger problems go to prison. It’s amazing how much the crime rate drops when criminals are punished. And while in jail, there are no repeat offenses.

  10. A lot of those younger people living in fear were screaming “Defund the Police” the loudest…………………..

  11. Only thing I’m scared of is how crazy the democrats are going to get. Will they continue down this dark path and build gulags?

  12. If you are anywhere near a liberal, you are in grave danger of losing your rights, religion, freedom, sexuality, and getting killed by a criminal with a gun because you can no longer own one and defend yourself. You also immediately lose 50 IQ points being within earshot of a liberal.

  13. If you are anywhere near a liberal, you are in grave danger of losing your rights, religion, freedom, sexuality, and becoming a moron.

  14. The good news, the article says, is that there are so many ways people can protect themselves, such as buying a security system. It’s sad that Americans take their own violence and criminality for granted. There are lots of countries in the world where the people do not need to prepare for running street battles just to walk to the grocer.

    America is quickly becoming the Unbearable Country. And nobody is killing and terrifying Americans faster than the Americans themselves. Good bye, and thanks for the democracy.

  15. Where did they take this study? Sounds like they only questioned people in large crime ridden cities. Try polling those of us in flyover country and the results would surely be different. No mention of anyone over 55 which makes their methods questionable.

    1. Unfortunately, with the ban on/outlawing of abortion on the near horizon, that 13 number will certainly increase.

  16. Growing up in a big city we always had some trepidation. You either learned to live by your wits or you stayed indoors all the time. It was the nature of the environment.

  17. I’m going to assume that the people interviewed lived in a city of over 20K.
    I live in one of the “fly over” states and, amazingly, I find no one in fear of their lives.
    We fear we are losing our country to a bunch of self-serving elitist commies but November is coming.
    When, oh when, will they conduct their surveys outside a metropolis and interview sane, intelligent, brave humans?

  18. That’s what happens when you live in a cesspool like NYC. Meanwhile here in N.E. Florida where I LIVE we can walk the streets late at night in relative safety because most folks here are law abiding GOD fearing people (and most of us are CC so criminals never take that chance). So if you wanna be safe move to a red state AND leave your bad voting habits up north!

  19. To much screen time on dumb phones/computers is the root cause for anxiety. Screen time, phone time, computer time and TV viewing, has been negatively associated with the development of physical and cognitive abilities, and positively associated with obesity, sleep problems, depression and anxiety. Pills are not always the answer, perhaps putting down the stupid devices may help?

  20. Not mentioned in the article or comments was the breakdown of the responses from men and women.From reading the article,you would think everyone of a certain age would be afraid.No percentages were given as to how men responded vs. women who responded.There also were no breakdown of the responses by race.I think there is a gap here,so I will not seriously consider this study as legit.

  21. Sounds like an excellent argument for getting out of Democrat run big cities. Because folks that live outside these crime-ridden urban areas look at these numbers, shake their heads & laugh.

  22. This discussion without the mention of young black men wreaking havoc on our civilization is ridiculous. It is akin to a termite man saying, sir, you have something in your basement(well what the heck is it?)Cant fix it till we identify it! Whole cities have been destroyed by 5% of our population-if China had destroyed Detroit, Cleveland and Philly it would be war by now.

  23. You really do ‘t have anything to worry about unless you are around a lot of black people. Stay away from large groups, and avoid them to stay safe.

  24. What sad little snowflakes we have raised.
    The virtual world has made them afraid of the real world.
    I blame cell phones.

    1. Snowflakes huh? You know, those could not exist in hell and our world is getting more like hell everyday, is it not? Anyone who is or has been a TARGET of, or exposed to of rude, harassing, intimidating, threatening or outright violent behavior before knows there are risks of living in today’s major urban areas. I was born, raised and lived in southwest Atlanta for almost 40 years and I can tell you that NOWADAYS it is always wise to use your intuition & empathic perception when having to coexist around large populations of people (whose values may or may NOT be ANYTHING like yours). It is also smart to lower your own “radar cross-section” and open exposure as much as possible while going out and about for a routine recon out into typical socially-controlled mob occupied territories known as the blue zone metro areas. Look, I could really care less about the macho ego some guys have and how they think they are tough alpha-males blah, blah, blah… Just KNOW THIS, we ARE living in the end times and there is an increase in wickedness and its accompanied spiritual warfare everywhere- without a doubt. We are really living out the PRE tribulation times in Bible (Matthew 24).

      1. Those who choose to live in ANY hell hole city, and virtually all are, will get exactly what they deserve. The cities are where ALL the insanity, lefties and evil reside.

      2. All good advice. Atlanta is a rough place. Spent some time there with a friend who had a few screws loose. He was a cop and took us to some sketchy parts of town. I grew up in a city so I had my head on a swivel as you should.
        Electronics have made kids soft, not all, but way too many.

  25. a 9mm in the drawer of your bed stand will make you feel a lot safer. I highly recommend it. Dont remember this being a huge issue in my youth 20-25 years ago. This is, unfortunately, an indication that US is no longer a nice place to live. There is no way to define the reasons and remain PC, but I think we all understand why this is happening.

    1. Comes in really handy when you have a bad day and want to kill yourself or if your kids want to show how cool Dad’s gun is to their friends, shooting them in the process.

      The only statistics that can be reliably tied to gun ownership are successful suicide and family firearms fatality.

      Also, best practice with that pistol, since it isn’t as easy as it looks on TV to hit a five-inch circle from across the room.

  26. I did my senior thesis on George Gerbner’s ‘Mean World Syndrome’ back in 1996. The media and now social media amplify the sensational and most violent crimes. This shapes peoples world view.

  27. Why would anyone be afraid? Violent criminals are let go upon arrest (if they are arrested in the first place). And all of their friends like to watch the videos they make of their crimes. All thanks to President dementia and his merry band of leftists.

    1. You do understand that most law enforcement is done by the state? Are you suggesting red states are these utopias where there is zero crime. Federal law enforcement focuses on interstate crime, terrorism, hate crimes, etc. It amazes me so many have no clue as to how our government operates and blame the other side for every bad thing that happens. If people would educate themselves and vote for competent leaders maybe we would be better off.

  28. I made a traffic stop on an elderly lady the other day for speeding on U.S. 166 Eastbound at Mile Marker 73 just East of Sedan, KS. I asked for her driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance. The lady took out the required information and handed it to me. In with the cards I was somewhat surprised (due to her advanced age) to see she had a conceal carry permit. I looked at her and ask if she had a weapon in her possession at this time.
    She responded that she indeed had a .45 automatic in her glove box. Something — body language, or the way she said it — made me want to ask if she had any other firearms. She did admit to also having a 9mm Glock in her center console. Now I had to ask one more time if that was all. She responded once again that she did have just one more, a .38 special in her purse. I then asked her what was she so afraid of.

    She looked me right in the eye and said, “Not a damn thing!”

    1. That’s such a classic it’s had to beat. As it should be, I might add.

      Me Uncle Glock and I are very close, indeed.

  29. Clearly the survey responses were largely from people living in cities, mostly run by America-hating, left wing nutjobs that have ruined all of our once-great cities. It’s no wonder they feel this way. If you polled ppl in the suburbs (not near large cities) or in the fly-over states the responses would be quite different.

      1. If you look at the crime in those red states it’s almost entirely in the deep blue democrat run cities.
        Example: Louisiana is the most dangerous state in the nation. 2x more likely to be murdered than the national average.
        Take out New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, lake Charles and Alexandria. All democrat run city’s for decades.
        Remove them and Louisiana is one of the safest.

        1. Solid red Jefferson Parish (suburban New Orleans – home of #2 GOP leader Steve Scalise and conservative Justice Barrett) has a per capita homicide rate of 10 per 100,000, which is twice the 5 per 100,000 of New York City. Please quote facts.

  30. Sorry but duh. Dark streets and sidewalks and parking garages and riding alone in a rideshare or taxi are scary places. They should be especially scary for young (female) and inexperienced people. In my neighborhood getting jumped while alone was and is a regular occurrence. Turning next to your fourty-two and fourty-five percent numbers and living situations. I will suggest this is a good healthy way to feel especially when you are a young female.
    I am sorry, but I know and have known young females. Most young females are sex and physically vulnerable. Unfortunately, there are weirdo men that thrive (sick twist) on intimidating and attacking sexy, young females. Especially females alone on first floor apartments.
    One thing you may study. My friend (sexy and young) is always shutting our opaque bathroom window. I have a theory that the human eye is somehow attracted to movement of a young female through space. This may explain why I and my male friends leave this bathroom window open (there was a line-of-sight across the street) whilst females always insist it be closed all the way.
    I was more consistently afraid until vigorously training in MMA. Nonetheless, I have been jumped before and since here in Philadelphia. At least now I am familiar with fighting. Humans get jumped as a matter of course. Hasn’t it always been like that in a city?
    Here in Philadelphia, there is often a palpable feeling of imminent ultra-violence. Naturally, if not consciously resisting it, there is a visceral enveloping fear. Feeling of imminent ultra-violence on the train, at the store, walking past several men is often there.

    1. You know the answer. The day politicians stopped holding criminals accountable. The day politicians refused to institutionalize the dangerous mentally ill. The day politicians defunded law enforcement. The day politicians weaponized federal agencies against opposition. The day politicians began redefining words to control narratives. I could go on, but you know the answer to your question and you know who is responsible.

      1. So true. If our own elections can’t be safeguarded from a POTUS so hellbent on denying the will of the voters he launched a violent assault on our nation’s capitol, who is safe in America?

        1. TDS much? You should seek treatment. You’re just as paranoid as the rest, over things that didn’t happen.

      2. Bingo, the constant media drone of how we are killing the planet sinks in to these kids. No where hide, dire destruction. The NY Times has become the Post.

      3. Wow. You are completely delusional. Every sentence in this comment was nonsense and fully detached from reality. Really, how DO you live like that?

      4. Stopped holding criminals accountable? We have more prisoners than any country on earth. It is very easy to look at all that is wrong with our society and instead of giving it much thought blame politicians and go about your day. Harder to look in the mirror and blame ourselves. We voted for these politicians.

  31. Sorry but duh. Dark streets and sidewalks and parking garages and riding alone in a rideshare or taxi are scary places. Especially scarry for young (female) and inexperienced people. In my neighborhood getting jumped while alone was and is a regular occurrence. Turning next to your fourty-two and fourty-five percent numbers and living situations. I will suggest this is a good healthy way to feel especially when you are a young female.
    I am sorry, but I know and have known young females. Most young females are sex and physically vulnerable. Unfortunately, there are weirdo men that thrive (sick twist) on intimidating sexy, young females. Especially alone on first floor apartments.
    One thing you may study. My friend (sexy and young) is always shutting our opaque bathroom window. I have a theory that the human eye is somehow attracted to movement of a young female through space. This may explain why I and my male friends leave this bathroom window open (there was a line-of-sight across the street) whilst females always insist it be closed all the way.
    I was more consistently afraid until vigorously training in MMA. Nonetheless, I have been jumped before and since here in Philadelphia. At least now I am familiar with fighting. Humans get jumped as a matter of course. Hasn’t it always been like that in a city?

    1. I don’t leave the house without a loaded weapon. I have a CCW so it’s all legal. I pray not to ever have to use it. But, unfortunately society is declining, with lots of animals roaming the streets. Better safe than sorry.

    1. The “good job” generation where the child, and for that matter adult, is told they are wonderful and special whether their filling a diaper or meeting a sales quota.
      In perpetual need of reassurance, zero coping skills, immature and sophomoric.
      When the time comes to fight WWIII, which will be soon, we are screwed.
      Screwed.

      1. WWIII has already started and it’s been brewing for over a decade. In the US, the first life threatening attack was the Wuhan sourced Covid virus. Monkeypox is a new wave. BLM is the practice run now transitioning to increasingly violent actions. DOJ, FBI, and many state officials are expanding their targets daily. EPA, FTC and numerous other infiltrated and corrupted federal and stare agencies are expanding targets from ‘ little’ people to opposition politicians, cabinet members, advisors and donors. Companies like Google actually have AI data sharing with the Chinese. Every time you speak, Google and Apple are listening. We are ‘screwed’ unless we find ways to counter and support those who don’t desire the perceived safety of surrender. The only way to prevent yourself from being tracked and listen to every where is using tested faraday bags for phones, computers, watches and similar broadcast items. If you have a car newer than 7 years old, it to is listening to and tracking you. Of course, we have license plate readers also expanding though we are beginning to see these being vandalized.

      2. Since a child does not determine if an adult tells them they are wonderful and special I assume your comment is blaming the generation that raised the “wimps”. How do you think this generation failed their children by not preparing them to win WW3?

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