AZ Snapshot: Law and Order

Posted on June 1, 2016 • Category: Law and Order


Americans who worry a "great deal" about crime and violence;
44% are concerned about drug use.

In U.S., Concern about Crime Climbs to 15-year High

Gallup Analytics, April 6, 2016



The sense of safety that people feel in their neighborhoods and communities is an important factor in their overall quality of life and well-being.



When Arizonans were asked if they feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where they live, women (39%) were almost twice as likely as men (20%) to express concern. Among Arizona Latinos, 41% express concern about their safety on the streets.

Americans' level of concern about crime and violence is at its highest point in 15 years. While violent crime is down significantly from the 1990's, many large U.S. cities report spikes in 2015 according to the FBI’s 2015 Uniform Crime Report. Women, the poor, urbanites and nonwhites express the greatest concern over their safety. How does Arizona compare to the nation on three law and order issues?

Is crime a serious problem in the city or area where you live? - Yes


Do you have confidence in the local police force - Yes


Do you have confidence in the judicial system and courts - Yes




A number of Gallup reports address issues of personal safety and citizen concerns that crime and violence are increasing.

46% U.S. women who are fearful of walking along at night, compared to men (26%). Fear about walking along at night is also generally higher among low-income groups and urban dwellers.
In U.S., Women, Poor, Urbanites Most Fearful of Walking Alone  
Gallup Analytics, November 10, 2015


46% Americans who believe there is more crime in their local area compared with a year ago.
About Half of U.S. Adults Say Local Crime is on the Rise  
Gallup Analytics, October 26, 2015