Over half of Americans feel like they’re in imminent danger at least once a day, according to new research.
A new poll of 2,000 nationally representative Americans analyzed how they feel about their personal safety and found 52% are feeling on edge every day.
Younger Americans were the most likely to feel concerned about their safety on a daily basis – with 75% of those aged 25-34 agreeing with this statement compared to just 50% of those aged 45-54.
Where do Americans feel the most on edge? Dark streets and sidewalks trigger their anxiety the most, followed by neighborhoods they aren’t too familiar with.
Next in line were parking garages and riding alone in a rideshare or Taxi. Speaking of rideshare services, they are completely avoided by 39% of respondents because they don’t feel safe during them. This jumps to 50% for those aged 25-34.
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Arlo, the survey asked respondents what tips and tricks they use to make themselves feel safer and found 56% share their location with someone “just in case.”
Gen Z and millennial respondents were the most likely to use this tactic, with 62% of those aged 18-24 and 65% of those aged 25-34.
Respondents shared the top things they’ll have on their person for safety and peace of mind were pepper spray (40%) and utilizing a personal safety app on their phone (40%). A third of respondents also shared they have an alert button or device as well as a self-defense keychain.
The top safety measure Americans take when they meet someone new is linking up in a public place (58%), followed by sharing their location with someone (43%). In fact, the average respondent shares their location when meeting someone new three times a month.
Those aged 25-34 are the most cautious when it comes to this – sharing they do this an average of five times a month.
“Communicating your whereabouts with a trusted contact is a simple tactic to enable a greater sense of security,” said Lily Knowles, SVP of Marketing and Customer Care for Arlo. “The survey results illuminate an uneasy population, further underscoring the need to prioritize personal safety – both on-the-go and at home.”
The survey also asked respondents about their safety in the comfort of their own homes and found 42% don’t feel safe when they’re home alone. Forty-five percent said they avoid living on the ground or first floors of apartment buildings out of fear of home invasions.
To combat this, 46% of respondents have a home security system – and younger respondents were the most likely to have a system. Sixty percent of those aged 25-34 have a home security system, followed by 57% of those aged 35-44 and 55% of those aged 18-24.
That being said, a home security system was the top safety measure Americans take in their homes, followed by getting a dog and installing cameras and motion lights.
“Feeling safe is a fundamental need we all share, and the good news is that there’s many precautionary measures people have nowadays to take charge of their personal safety and security of their home and loved ones,” said Knowles. “From installing smart security systems and cameras at home, to using a personal safety app for direct access to emergency help on-the-go, there’s a range of advanced technologies that leverage AI or live support to not only bring peace of mind, but provide essential assistance when its needed most.”
TOP PLACES AMERICANS FEEL UNSAFE
Dark streets/sidewalks (walking or driving) (57%)
Neighborhoods I am unfamiliar with (53%)
Parking garages (37%)
Riding alone in a rideshare /taxi (33%)
On public transportation (28%)
In big cities (28%)
TOP THINGS AMERICANS CARRY TO FEEL SAFE
Personal safety app on smartphone (40%)
Mace/pepper spray (40%)
Stun gun (30%)
Pocket knife (37%)
Keys between their fingers (33%)
Alert button or device (32%)
Self-defense keychain (31%)
TOP SAFETY MEASURES
Security system (63%) (only shown to those with a security system)
Security cameras (37%)
Video doorbells (35%)
Motion lights (37%)
A dog (44%)
Multiple locks (35%)
A fence or gate (20%)