Improved perceptions of crime among the population

Québec, December 7, 2017. – In 2014, approximately 73% of Quebecers believed that the amount of crime was lower in their neighbourhood than elsewhere in Canada, compared to 55% in 2009. Perceptions regarding the evolution of crime in the neighbourhood were also more positive in 2014—over 80% of the population said that the situation had remained stable over the past 5 years, versus 70% who said so in 2009. In addition, the proportion of individuals who believed that the amount of crime had increased in their neighbourhood stood at 8% in 2014, lower than in 2009 (21%).

The Institut de la statistique du Québec released today issue No. 59 of the Coup d’œil sociodémographique bulletin and updated its statistics on perceptions of crime and measures taken to prevent crime, as well as on the population’s feelings of safety and trust published on its website for the year 2014. The findings come from Statistics Canada’s General Social Survey, 2009 and 2014 editions.

Victimization has an important impact on perceptions and behaviours

In 2014, individuals who had experienced at least one criminal incident in the previous 12 months were more likely to believe that crime had increased over the past 5 years (14% vs. 6% for non-victims) and to consider that at least one type of social disorder was a problem in their neighbourhood (43% vs. 20%). They were also more likely to routinely take precautions to ensure their personal safety (89% vs. 86%) and to have taken specific measures to protect themselves from crime over the previous 12 months (24% vs. 10%).


The Institut de la statistique du Québec produces, analyzes and disseminates official, objective and quality statistical information on various aspects of Québec society. It is responsible for carrying out all statistical surveys of general interest. The relevance of its work makes it a strategic ally for decision makers and all those wishing to learn more about Québec.

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