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Perceptions Of Security In Public Places

OPB | April 17, 2013 12:06 p.m. | Updated: Sept. 11, 2013 12:42 a.m.

When horrific events like the bombing at the Boston Marathon occur, Portland Police spokesman Pete Simpson says, it’s natural for people to be on edge. He says the bureau’s job is not only to reduce crime but also to reduce the fear of crime. Simpson says the reality is that these kinds of events are very unlikely. 

Yesterday in Portland, the Steel Bridge was shut down for more than an hour during rush hour so that authorities could investigate a suspicious package, which turned out to be harmless. And this morning, the Department of Revenue in Salem was briefly evacuated after a suspicious powder was found. 

We’ll talk with Pete Simpson and social psychologist Deana Julka and take your calls about the reality and perception of safety in public spaces.

How do you assess risk in going about your daily activities? 

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