Annual safety survey shows growing number of people feel ‘unsafe’ in downtown Minneapolis

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The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (DID), part of the Downtown Council, surveyed more than 2,700 people who worked, resided or visited downtown in late fall 2019 and finished the report for its internal staff in February of this year, but it was not released publicly.

Part of the DID survey showed 20% of the respondents placed their top safety priority as security, which is up from 8% in 2018. Eighteen percent said they felt unsafe downtown, which is up from 4% in 2018; and 78% said they felt unsafe at least once in the downtown area.

Joe Tamburino is an attorney who lives and works in downtown Minneapolis and sits on the DID Safety Advisory Committee. He told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the survey is “jaw-dropping” and should be, in his opinion, a wake-up call to city leaders not to defund the Minneapolis Police Department.

“This is an important survey, and it shows that people are experiencing crime or being pan-handled aggressively or just harassed,” Tamburino said. “People do not feel safe in downtown, and it is clear we need more police, not fewer officers downtown.”

The Downtown Council declined to comment on the survey, and KSTP reached out to City Council Member Steve Fletcher, who represents a majority of the downtown area, but he has not yet returned a request for an interview.

This document shows a presentation of the full survey results.