The General Social Survey (2004) asked those over 15 in Niagara about their feelings of safety staying home alone in the evening or at night.
- InNiagara, 19% said they felt worried and 80% were not at all worried. Of the Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs) reporting, the lowest ratings were fromSaint Johns(14% worried; 85% not at all). Those reporting being the most worried were fromWindsor(27%) andOshawa(26%).
- When asked about their feelings of safety waiting for or using public transportation alone after dark 13% inNiagara reported feeling worried and 14% were not at all worried. Of the CMAs reporting, the lowest ratings were inSaint Johns (7% worried; 14% not at all). The most worried were from large cities:Toronto (26%),Winnipeg (26%), andVancouver (30%).
- When asked about their feelings of safety walking alone in the neighbourhood after dark in Niagara, 32% reported feeling very safe; 42% reasonably safe; 13% somewhat safe, and14% would not walk alone after dark.
- When asked about their perception of the job being done by local police in enforcing laws 56% said they did a good job (lower than other CMAs); 34% an average job; and 6%% felt they did a poor job.
In a 2007 survey of 474 residents conducted by United Waysin Niagara South and Fort Erie40% disagreed and 60% agreed with the statement “I lack a feeling of safety and security in my community.”
In a Community Satisfaction and Business Plan survey (NRPS, 2010) people in Niagara reported they were very satisfied with the level of policing and felt safe in their communities.
Source: GSS, 2004