IUPUI survey shows greater confidence in safety of Indianapolis area

An IUPUI survey reveals that Indianapolis residents feel safer around the city.

Indianapolis

People feel a little safer in downtown Indianapolis these days.

A new survey from the Department of Tourism, Conventions and Event Management at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis reveals that Indianapolis residents feel safer around the city, especially when it comes to the downtown area.

Tourism professor Sotiris Hji-Avgoustis said the annual quality-of-life survey shows a shift in how residents feel about their safety. In past surveys, many expressed concerns about being safe.

“This is not the case anymore,” Hji-Avgoustis said.

A big reason for the change is the impact of promoting tourism and cultural events in Indianapolis. While campaigns have certainly attracted visitors and business to the city, they’ve also had an effect on people who live in and around the Circle City.

“Researchers typically think efforts to promote tourism have a positive impact on a community, and it is happening in Indianapolis,” Hji-Avgoustis said.

The survey, which started in 2004, uses a series of questions to assess how residents feel about their home, communities and downtown during the day and night. The overall trend was more positive than in past years—with more pronounced confidence in downtown safety.

“Because city residents have had more opportunities to participate, to interact with others, and explore new things downtown, they realized downtown is as safe as anywhere else in the city.”

Hij-Avgoustis said the survey found the city lacking in one specific area—public transportation.

“With more people inclined to venture downtown and participate in events, they want a better public transportation system to get them to those events,” he said.

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