Kathryn Lyons revived an Alert Neighbors program after several houses in her Midtown neighborhood were burglarized. ADAM WISNESKI/Tulsa World

By BRIAN BARBER AND JERRY WOFFORD Tulsa World Staff Writers

A recent survey of 1,800 Tulsans found that while 87 percent feel safe walking in their neighborhoods during the day, the number drops to 54 percent when it comes to walking after dark.

The survey was conducted by Shapard Research from Dec. 12 to Jan. 21 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.3 percentage points.

Researcher Bill Shapard said the results were the same regardless of where in the city the respondents lived.

Crime Commission Executive Director Carol Bush said vigilant residents are the key to turning around not only the perception of safety in neighborhoods, but the reality of it.

The Crime Commission oversees the Alert Neighbors program, of which there are about 1,000 active groups across the city. Bush said in the past year, the requests to start new units have spiked.

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Bill is the founder of SoonerPoll.com and ShapardResearch, a full service market research firm based in Oklahoma City. Bill began his career in polling after working on a major campaign in Oklahoma from 1996 until founding SoonerPoll in 2004. Under Bill’s leadership, SoonerPoll has become the leading public opinion polling company in the state of Oklahoma conducting more public opinion polls for Oklahoma news media than all other pollsters combined since 2006. Bill’s commitment to go above and beyond the AAPOR ethical guidelines of minimum disclosure ensures that SoonerPoll produces quality results every time. Bill has lectured at Oklahoma State University on developing polling methodologies, data collection processes, and advanced likely voter sampling techniques. Bill also serves as an on-air political commentator for Oklahoma television stations.

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