ANCHORAGE - Anchorage is one of the most dangerous cities for women, according to a national report.
But are the numbers an accurate portrayal of our community? It depends on who you ask.
The beauty of Alaska is our backyard and it is a place where most people feel at ease.
“I've lived here since 1976, and used the trails ever since then and I feel relatively safe,” said Gail Sieberts.
But not everyone shares that sentiment. “I believe it's probably getting more dangerous,” said Carol Arnette. “More kidnapping, more women that are walking at night by themselves.
A Forbes national report ranks Anchorage as the third most dangerous city for women, based on numbers provided by the FBI.
The report shows that more than 85 sexual assaults are committed every year per 100,000 residents in Anchorage.
Police said those numbers could be skewed. “It doesn't take into consideration a multitude of factors that can affect the way that those figures are collected and how the data is analyzed,” said Lieutenant Dave Parker.
But police do agree that the problems of sexual assaults and domestic violence still continue to plague the city.
“You can't say that the problem is getting worse because were getting more reports because it may be that victims now feesl more comfortable reporting,” said Parker.
For some it is just a matter of being aware of your surroundings.
“I'm pretty aware of my surroundings – even though I’m wearing headphones – still looking around to see who's approaching me and who’s coming from behind.,” said runner Lisa Petrescu.
According to officials, if you ever feel unsafe take a friend with you and avoid jogging alone at night.