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Time Magazine says Columbus residents are "terrified", Mayor Tomlinson responds

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Columbus officials saycrime is down for the first quarter of 2014 by 24 percent.

However, Time Magazine listedColumbus as number four in an article entitled 10 Cities Where Americans Are Pretty Much Terrified to Live. Thearticle looks at a new Gallup poll saying people in Columbus feel unsafewalking alone at night. 

These statistics referencethe FBI's crime report, unemployment rates, and population over the last twoyears.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinsonsays Time Magazine is drawing their own conclusions, talking more about walkingalone at night, not just being scared to live in the city.

"This is a terrificcity," Tomlinson says. "It's not a terrified city. And I appreciate the polls,but the poll that all of this is emanating was a health and wellness poll."

Tomlinson added that lessthan 500 people were surveyed for the study, which is only a fraction of thepeople in the metropolitan service area, including East Alabama.

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