Four in ten Red Bluff residents say they don’t feel safe walking alone in their neighborhood at night.
That’s what a recent online, unscientific police department survey says.
Almost 80% of respondents said they think Red Bluff needs more police officers and 38% said the department was unresponsive to their needs.
Police Chief Paul Nanfito says Red Bluff has seen a 27% increase in violent crime in the past year including murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, arson and car theft.
But,he still maintains the city itself is a safe place to live.
The survey was set up to gauge opinion on a proposed public safety tax to help the police and fire departments cover budget shortfalls created by several years of cuts.
A total of 76% of respondents said they would support a ¼% safety tax to help the fire and police departments.
Chief Nanfito says money generated from the tax would go towards developing a five-year strategic plan that is supposed to be released next year.