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 July-August 2012

July-August 2012

 

Topic du Jour: Safe and Sound?

Do you feel safe in Alameda?

Robert H. Pola: I feel very safe in Alameda. The police and fire services are very professional and responsive to the needs of the citizens. We do take precautions, as we would in any city. It is important for everyone to be aware of their surroundings and be vigilant and supportive of their neighbors.  

Brock Grunt: My wife and I stumbled upon Alameda when looking to buy a home as an alternative to Oakland or Berkeley. Now 18 years and four kids later, we are still here and very glad we landed where we did. Alameda is not perfect, or perfectly safe, but that is part of what makes it a great place. Safety too often comes with homogeneous isolation. Alameda may be an island, but it is filled with diversity. And I believe there is something about the Island that causes our community to feel they are a part of something and encourages us to look out for each other. Yes, I do feel safe in Alameda, and I feel my family is safe, as safe as I would ever want us to be without losing touch with a broad spectrum of cultural and socioeconomic variables.

Marti Freeman: I feel incredibly safe, and for no better reason than I have always been safe in Alameda. Could be a false sense of security or it could be an incredibly good police force. My every interaction with the Alameda police has been positive, and I have been favorably impressed with their kindness, sensitivity and professionalism. And they are all so very attractive!

Dian McPherson: Generally, I feel safe; however, I realize that bad things do happen here. What that means is that when I’m out and about, I try to be aware of my surroundings, particularly when it gets dark. I think in this day and age, it would be unwise to assume complete safety anywhere, even in our idyllic little island.   

Cynthia L. Prewitt: I feel comfortably safe in Alameda due to our location. Being nestled along the Bay feels less threatening to me than other places. Also, working in a local business allows me to get to know locals and understand how Alameda citizens look out for each other and are willing to help others when needed. The familiarity amongst Alameda folk gives me a sense of safety.            

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