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Survey participants: Illegal drugs are a problem in BSL

A recent survey is shedding some light on how BSL citizens feel about their community. (Source: WECT) A recent survey is shedding some light on how BSL citizens feel about their community. (Source: WECT)

A recent community survey is shedding some light on how some Boiling Spring Lakes residents within feel about their community.

Earlier this year, a survey was mailed to citizens with their monthly water bill and an online version was made available to them.

Responses were collected through the end of March as a way to assess the way people feel about their safety in the community as well as a way to identify any major concerns.

Graduate students from the UNCW Master of Public Administration Quantitative Methods class then analyzed and released the results.

According to a survey summary, a total of 376 people responded to the survey.

“In total, 17% of the 2,278 households in the city responded to the survey,” it states. “This response rate is typical for a mailed survey.”

The people who responded to the survey are representative of the city’s general population in relation to gender, households with children living at home and the rate of homeownership. However, senior citizens are over represented in the responses.

“Nearly 50% of the participants reported their age as over 60, while only 15% of the town’s population is 65 or older,” the report states.

When it comes to safety and crime, majority of the participants reported they generally feel safe in the town. However, many did cite drug use as a major concern. More than 70% of the participants are concerned their children are being exposed to drugs. Children in danger from criminal activity and home burglaries were also noted.

Inadequate streetlights, lack of sidewalks, illegal dumping and speeding cars were also documented as problems in the city.

When it comes to thoughts and feelings on the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department, the survey indicated a “high level” of confidence in the department and a “general feeling” that officers treat residents with respect.

Overall, the survey revealed women and senior citizens feel “slightly less safe” than men and younger survey participants.

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