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What do people in Whatcom County think about crime? (SURVEY)

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WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — According to a recent story published on Crosscut.com, “A new Crosscut/Elway Poll found Seattleites are just about evenly split when it comes to their concern over crime levels, or lack thereof.”

This begs the question, what would the results be if those questions were asked of people across Whatcom County? Participate to see the survey results below. Return to this page to see more results later.

How long have you lived in Whatcom County?

  • 20 years or more
    (70%, 488 Votes)
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  • 11 to 20 years
    (13%, 92 Votes)
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  • 0 to 5 years
    (10%, 70 Votes)
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  • 6 to 10 years
    (6%, 45 Votes)
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Total Voters: 695

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There has been a lot of news about crime. Which statement best describes your thinking?

  • Crime here is worse than the media makes it out to be.
    (62%, 427 Votes)
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  • Whatcom County crime is being accurately reported.
    (30%, 206 Votes)
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  • No opinion
    (5%, 31 Votes)
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  • The crime is not as bad as the media makes it out to be.
    (3%, 22 Votes)
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Total Voters: 686

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Have you or anyone in your household been a victim of a crime in the last 2 years?

  • No
    (59%, 393 Votes)
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  • Yes
    (40%, 266 Votes)
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  • No answer
    (1%, 8 Votes)
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Total Voters: 667

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If yes, was it a property crime like a car prowl or burglary or personal crime like an assault or robbery?

  • Answered no to the previous question
    (50%, 292 Votes)
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  • Property crime
    (33%, 190 Votes)
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  • Both
    (9%, 50 Votes)
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  • Personal crime
    (5%, 27 Votes)
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  • Neither
    (4%, 23 Votes)
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Total Voters: 582

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Do you know of anyone in your neighborhood who has been a victim of a crime in the last 2 years?

  • Yes
    (67%, 413 Votes)
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  • No
    (30%, 184 Votes)
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  • No answer
    (3%, 18 Votes)
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Total Voters: 615

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If yes, was it a property crime like a car prowl or burglary or personal crime like an assault or robbery?

  • Property crime
    (48%, 281 Votes)
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  • Answered no to the previous question
    (27%, 157 Votes)
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  • Both
    (20%, 118 Votes)
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  • Personal crime
    (4%, 23 Votes)
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  • Neither
    (1%, 5 Votes)
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Total Voters: 584

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Which of the following do you consider major factors in the current crime rate (choose all that apply)?

  • Addictions
    (13%, 448 Votes)
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  • Homelessness
    (13%, 430 Votes)
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  • Lack of mental health and addition services
    (12%, 394 Votes)
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  • The # of prosecutions of those arrested
    (11%, 374 Votes)
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  • Lack of law enforcement
    (11%, 361 Votes)
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  • Judges and sentencing
    (10%, 333 Votes)
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  • Political leadership
    (10%, 318 Votes)
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  • Economic conditions
    (8%, 266 Votes)
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  • The COVID-19 pandemic
    (4%, 145 Votes)
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  • Protests and actions by activist groups
    (4%, 143 Votes)
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  • All the new population
    (3%, 107 Votes)
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Total Voters: 649

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If you could direct where your tax dollars were spent, where should more be spent (choose all that apply)?

  • More prosecutions of shoplifting and other misdemeanors
    (20%, 435 Votes)
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  • Hiring more police officers
    (20%, 427 Votes)
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  • Addiction and Mental health program and services
    (18%, 375 Votes)
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  • Staffing for the courts to process their case load
    (15%, 319 Votes)
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  • Programs to address the root causes of crime
    (10%, 214 Votes)
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  • Training for police officers to de-escalate situations
    (9%, 191 Votes)
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  • Adding non-police staff to respond to certain situations
    (8%, 163 Votes)
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Total Voters: 631

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What are you mostly concerned about in Whatcom County today?

  • Crime / Safety
    (45%, 298 Votes)
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  • Cost of Living / Expenses
    (38%, 247 Votes)
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  • Growth / Housing
    (10%, 68 Votes)
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  • Appearance / Dirty
    (3%, 21 Votes)
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  • Employment / Jobs
    (2%, 15 Votes)
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  • None of the above - feeling optimistic / positive
    (1%, 8 Votes)
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Total Voters: 657

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This survey will remain open until May 6th.

One Comment

  1. Mike May 3, 2022

    We have created the perfect environment by not having a strategic plan to address the ever growing homeless population. We can’t continue making allowances for the homeless/non-working population. Turning our eyes until it becomes too extreme is not the answer. All we are doing is recycling the same issues over and over.

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