Do You Feel Safe in Yakima?
Safety is still on the minds of many Yakima residents who recently participated in the city's second citizen survey.
Results were released two weeks ago and one of the questions was whether or not people felt safe in area neighborhoods. In the citizen survey, locals said safety is the most important issue when it comes to livability in Yakima.
City officials said crime is down nine percent since the beginning of the year, and even people who live outside the city limits agree that things do feel safer.
"I generally feel comfortable and safe in Yakima. I mean I think a lot of it is being aware of where you are and what not, but I think people feel friendly and a lot of it is you're being friendly to them, they will respond kindly too," said Terrace heights resident, Siri Strom
And for only being around for a year, the police bike patrol downtown is also making a difference.
"People see them, they feel more comfortable, there is more of a presence," Strom said.
Locals said a larger police presence is a positive change to Yakima.
"I think that just having their presence and knowing that they are there to take care of things and help out the citizens of Yakima," said Yakima resident, Laura Sommer. "If there is something that happens while people are on foot, they are so much faster than anyone can run. I think just the added presence is really going to help."
The police department is also working on an assigned police vehicle program where officers drive their police cars between work and home all to increase the police presence and increase patrol time.