Public cameras and more police are the keys to making Old Town safer, a recent survey of 204 Old Town patrons found. The survey is nonscientific.
It was conducted over the summer by Wichita police and the Old Town Association, before a recent spate of shots-fired calls in Old Town.
A sampling of the results:
• What is your top reason for coming to Old Town?
Drinking: 35 percent
Restaurant: 24 percent
Movie: 20 percent
• When do you typically come to Old Town?
Morning: 15 percent
Lunch-afternoon: 12 percent
Afternoon-dinner: 5 percent
Dinner-evening: 28 percent
Evening-late night: 40 percent
• How safe do you feel in Old Town?
Safe: 60 percent
Somewhat safe: 25 percent
Somewhat unsafe: 12 percent
Unsafe: 3 percent
• Do you feel there needs to be:
More police: 28 percent
Less police: 1 percent
The same number of officers: 70 percent
No response: 1 percent
• Over the last three years, would you say the level of crime has:
Increased: 30 percent
Decreased: 31 percent
Stayed the same: 39 percent
• What time of day is crime most likely to occur?
10 p.m. to midnight: 13 percent
Midnight to 2 a.m.: 49 percent
2 to 7 a.m. 30 percent
Other: 19 percent
• What type of crime is most likely to occur?
Nuisance: 24 percent
Property: 41 percent
Violent: 16 percent
All three are equally likely: 19 percent
• What is the greatest contributor to crime?
Lack of police: 20 percent
Loitering: 17 percent
Homelessness: 18 percent
Excessive alcohol/drug use: 15 percent
Poor lighting: 15 percent
• What is needed to make Old Town safer?
Public cameras: 35 percent
Increased police presence: 30 percent
Set minimum age for entering club at 21: 17 percent
Increase lighting: 17 percent