Streetalk: Feel safe in Chico?

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Asked in downtown Chico.

It’s multifactorial. It depends on where I am, the time of day, if I’m with my husband, by myself, if I have my pepper spray. I had transients living in my garage for days and I was unaware of it, so that put a bad taste in my mouth. Overall, I feel safe most of the time.

Lauren
nurse

No, I do not, because of the police. Being part of the BIPOC community I feel—especially in rural places like Chico—targeted for just existing. I feel like the police presence here is very heavy and it’s very well funded, and that scares me.

Patrizia
county employee

I feel safe anywhere. I think [Chico is] maybe a little more dangerous than the average city for this size, but it is a college town, so …

Chris
engineer

I, personally, would be OK walking down the street in Chico. I’m not even from here and I’d feel safe here. Folks who are houseless, they can cause concern. I think, locally, stick to the busy areas and you’re fine.

Deborah
retired

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