Spiking crime rates have left four in ten Americans weary of nighttime walks in their neighborhood, according to recent polling.
Forty percent of Americans are afraid to walk alone at night within a mile of their home, which is the highest number in three decades according to recent Gallup polling. The statistic hit a 29% low in October 2020, but has edged up to the current number as the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing policies subsided.
Over 30% of respondents said fear of crime has prevented them from taking walks, jogging or running alone in their area, while 17% said it keeps them from going to local parks, according to Gallup. In addition, 28% of Americans have avoided concerts, other crowded events and talking to strangers because of crime.