Quebecers satisfied with their personal safety regarding crime

Québec, January 29, 2014 – In Quebec, 93% of the population report being satisfied with their personal safety. Despite this high level of satisfaction and the downward trend of the Quebec crime rate since the early 1990s, less than 10% of Quebec’s population believes that crime has decreased in the five years preceding the 2009 General Social Survey conducted by Statistics Canada. These results are being published today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec in the Coup d’œil sociodémographique bulletin. The presented data, as well as other more detailed and complete data, are all featured in a new section dedicated to population security on the Institut’s website.

Women and crime victims more worried about crime

Women are more likely to be dissatisfied with their personal safety (10% for women versus 4% for men) and to estimate that the number of crimes committed in their neighbourhood has increased over the five years preceding the survey (26% versus 17%). However, both men and women who have been victims of a crime during the year preceding the survey have more negative perceptions about crime and their own safety.

Nearly one in four people have noticed an incivility problem in their neighbourhood

Incivility problems, such as drug consumption or drug dealing, rowdiness in public places or vandalism, are reported by almost a quarter of Quebec’s population. However, women are more likely than men to notice these problems in their neighbourhood (27% versus 21%). Consumption or sale of drugs is the most frequently reported incivility (by more than 10% of the population).

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