Younger Americans Most Likely To Feel Unsafe on a Daily Basis: Poll

Over half of Americans feel like they're in imminent danger at least once a day, according to a new survey.

A new poll of 2,000 nationally representative Americans analyzed how they feel about their personal safety and found that 52 percent are feeling on edge every day.

Younger Americans were the most likely to feel concerned about their safety on a daily basis—with 75 percent of those aged 25-34 agreeing with this statement, compared to just 50 percent of those aged 45-54.

Places like dark streets and sidewalks trigger their anxiety the most, followed by neighborhoods they aren't too familiar with.

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An empty and dark street on July 11, 2021 in Beirut, Lebanon. A survey of 2,000 Americans, conducted by wireless surveillance camera company Arlo, found that more young people are likely to feel unsafe. Getty Images/Rafael Yaghobzadeh

Next in line were parking garages and riding alone in a rideshare or taxi. Speaking of rideshare services, they are completely avoided by 39 percent of respondents because they don't feel safe during them. This jumps to 50 percent for those aged 25-34.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of wireless surveillance camera company Arlo, the survey asked respondents what tips and tricks they use to make themselves feel safer and found that 56 percent share their location with someone "just in case."

Gen Z and millennial respondents were the most likely to use this tactic, with 62 percent of those aged 18-24 and 65 percent of those aged 25-34 also doing the same.

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Infographic illustrates the results of a survey of 2,000 Americans conducted by OnePoll on behalf of wireless surveillance camera company Arlo regarding Americans' feelings on everyday personal safety. The top safety measure Americans take when they meet someone new is linking up in a public place, per the poll. SWNS/Zenger/Josh Castronuovo

Respondents shared the top things they'll have on their person for safety and peace of mind were pepper spray (40 percent) and utilizing a personal safety app on their phone (40 percent). A third of respondents also shared they have an alert button or device as well as a self-defense keychain.

The top safety measure Americans take when they meet someone new is linking up in a public place (58 percent), followed by sharing their location with someone (43 percent). In fact, the average respondent shares their location when meeting someone new three times a month.

Those aged 25-34 are the most cautious when it comes to this—sharing they do this 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, SVP of marketing and customer care for Arlo. "The survey results illuminate an uneasy population, further underscoring the need to prioritize personal safety–both on the go and at home."

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A stressed young woman. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of wireless surveillance camera company Arlo, the survey asked respondents what tips and tricks they use to make themselves feel safer and found 56 percent share their location with someone “just in case.” fizkes/Getty Images

The survey also asked respondents about their safety in the comfort of their own homes and found 42 percent don't feel safe when they're home alone. Forty-five percent said they avoid living on the ground or first floors of apartment buildings out of fear of home invasions.

To combat this, 46 percent of respondents have a home security system—and younger respondents were the most likely to have a system. Sixty percent of those aged 25-34 have a home security system, followed by 57 percent of those aged 35-44 and 55 percent of those aged 18-24.

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

"Feeling safe is a fundamental need we all share, and the good news is that there's many precautionary measures people have nowadays to take charge of their personal safety and security of their home and loved ones," said Knowles.

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The London skyline is seen in the distance from the deserted car park of a shopping center in Stratford on January 07, 2021 in London, England. A majority of Americans surveyed said they feel anxious walking or driving down dark streets and sidewalks. Leon Neal/Getty Images

"From installing smart security systems and cameras at home, to using a personal safety app for direct access to emergency help on the go, there's a range of advanced technologies that leverage AI or live support to not only bring peace of mind, but provide essential assistance when its needed most."

Top places Americans feel unsafe:

Dark streets/sidewalks (walking or driving; 57 percent)
Neighborhoods they are unfamiliar with (53 percent)
Parking garages (37 percent)
Riding alone in a rideshare /taxi (33 percent)
On public transportation (28 percent)
In big cities (28 percent)

Top things Americans carry to feel safe:

Personal safety app on smartphone (40 percent)
Mace/pepper spray (40 percent)
Stun gun (30 percent)
Pocket knife (37 percent)
Keys between their fingers (33 percent)
Alert button or device (32 percent)
Self-defense keychain (31 percent)

Top safety measures:

Security system (63 percent; only shown to those with a security system)
Security cameras (37 percent)
Video doorbells (35 percent)
Motion lights (37 percent)
A dog (44 percent)
Multiple locks (35 percent)
A fence or gate (20 percent)

Produced in association with SWNS.

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.