How safe do you feel in your neighbourhood?

The Office for National Statistics has revealed that 27% of Brits do not feel safe when walking home alone in their community.

The research revealed that in the year ending March 2015, 14% of men and 38% of women aged 16 and over in England and Wales admitted that they felt fairly or very unsafe when walking alone after dark. However, when compared with the same survey from March 2014, this is a significant improvement for women, dropping from 42%, but there is no statistical change for men.

Feeling safe in your local neighbourhood is an important factor contributing to an individual’s sense of satisfaction with the area around them. By feeling safe where you live, you can create a strong sense of community and research has shown that as a result, inhabitants are more likely to deliver higher rates of social participation, lower rates of crime, and improved physical and mental health amongst those living in that area*.

These findings form part of the ‘Life in the UK: 2016’ report, the fourth of its kind, delivered by the Measuring National Well-being programme. Divided into ten topic areas, such as Health, Education, Crime, and Natural Environment, the report highlights general national lifestyle trends and how we feel as a nation. You can check out the full report here for more information.

*Crime Survey for England & Wales