Aug 5, 2014 8:53 PM by Lena Howland

Puebloans say community is unsafe

A new city-wide survey shows 73% of people in Pueblo feel unsafe in certain areas of town, day or night.

This is a 6% increase from 2012.

It was seven page survey sent out to 1500 households in the city and more than 400 responded.

44% of folks in Pueblo responded that they are dissatisfied with the visibility of police in neighborhoods.

That's up 6% from 2012.

38% said they were dissatisfied with the police response time... up 8% from 2012.

"It showed a degradation over the past four years of our citizens perceptions of what we do and how we go about doing it," Luis Velez, Pueblo Chief of Police said.

Police say they don't have enough resources.

"If we had more officers, we could do many more things. With the number of officers that we have right now, we're barely keeping up with our calls for service," Velez said.

And people living in Pueblo... have noticed.

"When we're down this many officers, this many firefighters, the equipment's not there. That really bothers me and that they have a wait time and it's not through any fault of the officers, they just have such a backlog," Joe Prado, a 56-year Pueblo resident said.

"There are 14 unfunded police officer positions in the city of Pueblo and on top of that, we have people of course that are out on injury leave or sick leave," Velez said.

As for feeling unsafe in Pueblo, many locals seem to agree.

"There's a couple parts of town I guess with any town with some sass to it, they're going to have some places that some people don't feel safe," Austin Kellett, a Pueblo resident said.

"From my perception, there are some areas that we have gone ourselves and felt like we shouldn't go there, especially at night," Mitzi Kellett, a Pueblo resident said.

Some, even taking extra precautions.

"I usually always carry some sort of armor of some sort just in case, you never know. I hate to see anything happen to anybody but it could also happen at any time so you have to be prepared and be diligent," Prado said.

Of these households, 64% say they feel safe in their own neighborhoods at night.

Here is a link to the latest City Satisfaction Survey Results and the 2012 and 2010 results.


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