A CTA Tattler quick poll shows that the recent safety upgrades by the transit agency haven't really made much difference in how safe we feel compared to three years ago.
A full 55 percent of the 630-plus readers who took the poll said they feel about the same as they did three years - that the installation of more than 23,000 security cameras really made no difference in their attitudes about safety.
Another 26 percent reported they "don't feel safer; it's worse out there." About 18 percent said "the safety upgrades have made a difference."
Frankly, I was a little surprised by the results. I give the CTA credit for its recent safety upgrades, including retrofitting older rail cars with security cameras and increasing undercover operations.
But crime and feeling safe is a very personal thing. Perceptions are reality. While in fact "crime is down," there still are iPhone thefts and robberies on CTA properties. So watch your back out there.
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