Survey reveals most unsafe places

A public survey has revealed that 73 per cent of 2000 people feel unsafe in the CBD.

According to the survey’s findings, Elizabeth, King and Flinders streets are among the worst spots for feeling safe within the city.

Flinders Street Station and Swanston St were voted the worst, with 162 and 169 people admitting they actively avoid these areas.

The survey comes after data from the Crime Statistics Agency showed that violent street crimes have increased an alarming 30 per cent in the last year.

A similar survey named “Free to Be” was conducted in November last year.

The Free to Be campaign invited women between the ages of 15 and 19 to mark on an interactive map where they felt “happy” or “sad” based on their experiences in that spot.

Flinders Street Station and Elizabeth St were also marked as unsafe last year.

“Flinders Street Station and along Elizabeth St feels very dangerous at night, with little presence of security and PSO patrols,” wrote map participant, Cass.

CBD News contacted Melbourne East Police Station commander, Snr Sgt Adam Tanner to ask whether the survey results rang true.

“I won’t speak about specific locations because it’s probably a far wider issue than just a couple of locations,” he said.

However Sen Sgt Tanner said public order and offensive behaviour issues occurred in the CBD on Friday and Saturday nights, particularly when alcohol is involved.

Despite the current concerns, Sen Sgt Tanner still encouraged people to visit the CBD.

“It’s a great environment. There’s a lot of entertainment activities,” he said.

“The community has a role in relation to alerting Victoria Police in relation to activities that may be dangerous or criminal behaviour via 000 or crime stoppers to ensure that we have the information and intelligence so that we can act on it and intervene.”

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