One in two Americans feel in imminent danger at least once a day, and their greatest fear is in a public place

New research shows that MORE than half of Americans feel they are in imminent danger at least once a day.

A new survey of 2,000 nationally representative Americans looked at how they feel about their personal safety and found that 52 percent feel on edge every day.


A new study finds that more than half of Americans feel in immediate danger at least once a dayCredit: Getty

Younger Americans were the most likely to feel concerned about their safety every day – 75% of those aged 25-34 agreed with this statement, compared to 50% of those aged 45-54.

Where do Americans feel the most? Dark streets and sidewalks cause their anxiety the most, followed by less well-known neighborhoods.

Next in line were parking garages and riding alone in a shared ride or Taxi.

When talking about ride-sharing services, 39% of respondents avoid them altogether because they don’t feel safe in them. This jumps to 50 percent for 25-34 year olds.

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A survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Arlo asked respondents what tips and tricks they use to feel more secure and found that 56% share their location with someone “just in case”.

Generation Z and millennials were the most likely to use this tactic, with 62% of 18-24 year olds and 65% of 25-34 year olds.

Respondents shared the main things they would do to achieve personal safety and peace of mind were pepper spray (40 percent) and using a personal safety app on their phone (40 percent).

A third of respondents also shared that they have an alert button or device as well as a key for self-defense.

The top safety measure Americans take when meeting a new person is to meet in a public place (58%), followed by sharing the location with someone (43%).

In fact, the average respondent shares their location three times a month when meeting someone new.

25-34 year olds are the most cautious in this regard: sharing, they do it 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, Arlo’s SVP of Marketing and Customer Service.

“The survey results shed light on a population of restlessness, and underscore 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 that 42 percent do not feel safe when they are alone at home.

45 percent said they avoid living on the ground or first floors of apartment buildings because of fear of home invasions.

To combat this, 46 percent of respondents have a home security system, with younger respondents the most likely to have one.

60 percent of 25-34 year olds have a home security system, 57% of 35-44 year olds and 55% of 18-24 year olds.

That said, a home security system was the number one security measure Americans take in their homes, followed by getting a dog and installing cameras and motion lights.

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“Feeling safe is a basic need we all share, and the good news is that there are many preventative measures people can take today to ensure the safety of their homes and loved ones,” Knowles said.

“From installing smart security systems and cameras in the home, to using a personal safety app to directly access emergency help anywhere, there is a wealth of advanced technology that leverages AI or direct assistance to not only provide peace of mind, but to provide vital support when it’s needed most.”

One in two Americans feel in imminent danger at least once a day, and their greatest fear is in a public place

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