(Memphis) Only half the people in Memphis feel safe walking around alone at night.
That’s according to a new Gallup poll that names Memphis the least safe metro area in the country.
Dana Ramsey doesn't like the national headline that people in Memphis feel the most unsafe in the entire nation, “It definitely gives people the wrong sense of Memphis because I think Memphis is so fast growing and I`ve lived in different areas of the country that are way more scary than Memphis."
She says people have an old view of the city and high rates of poverty and crime in certain parts of the city overshadow all of the great things going on in the Bluff City.
“You have to choose when you go out. You don`t need to be out walking by yourself at night,” said Jackqueline Hudson.
Hudson agrees with the study and the other 44% of the people polled who say they do not feel safe walking alone at night in Memphis.
55% in Memphis say they do feel safe.
Memphis Police say the city is actually becoming a safer place to walk alone at night.
Crime is down 4.5% compared to this time last year.
Branden Canepa says she walks around downtown at night a lot and notices protection from MPD, “I have seen police presence downtown. I come down for the Grizzlies games, and I work here. I think we have a great downtown."
The Gallup Poll claims people in New Orleans feel the second most in danger walking alone at night and people in Minneapolis feel the safest followed by Denver and Raleigh.
Mayor A C Wharton released a statement to News Channel 3 about the poll saying, “The majority of violent crimes happen between friends, acquaintances and relatives in domestic disputes. Fortunately, according to this same poll, the majority of Memphians say they feel safe and obviously are not buying into the notion that our city is a frightening place to live. Yes, there are a few areas that are less safe than others. But for the majority of Memphians, who exercise reasonable safety precautions, there is no reason to live in fear.”
Gallup Poll Numbers:
No. 1 (least likely to feel safe): Memphis, TN-MS-AR
43% say no, they don't feel safe
55% say yes, they feel safe
No. 4 (tie): Jacksonville, FL
36% say no, they don't feel safe
63% say yes, they feel safe
No. 6: Las Vegas-Paradise, NV
34% say no, they don't feel safe
65% say yes, they feel safe
No. 7 (tie): Baltimore-Towson, MD
32% say no, they don't feel safe
66% say yes, they feel safe