Perception of Safety


Perception of safety measures the percentage of people that feel safe walking in their neighbourhood alone at night.

Why This Matters

Perceived safety is an important indicator of people’s comfort within their neighbourhoods. It affects behavior – for instance, the activities they take part in, their mode of transportation, and places they go. Close to two out of every five Canadians have taken precautionary measures to protect themselves from crime within the past year (Statistics Canada, 2009). Perceptions of safety reflect people’s direct and indirect exposure to crime, but may not reflect actual levels of crime or risk of being a victim of crime. Other factors that impact peoples’ perceptions of safety include demographics (e.g., age, gender), socioeconomic status (e.g., income), and the built environment (e.g., lighting).

Measurement and Limitations

A person’s perception of their own personal safety in this sense is determined by whether they agree or somewhat agree that they feel safe walking alone at night in their neighbourhood. This question is asked to the participants of the City of Winnipeg Citizen Satisfaction survey. The results are reported only at the city level, and are not broken down by gender, age, or geography.

Data Source

City of Winnipeg. 2022. Citizen Perspective: 2022 Citizen Survey

Online copies of each survey may be found at

Data is updated on Peg as it becomes available from the data providers.


City of Winnipeg. (n.d.). Citizen Surveys. Retrieved from

Statistics Canada. (2009). Canadians’ perceptions of personal safety and crime, 2009. Retrieved from


Perception of Safety in the Sustainable Development Goals

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16. Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
16. Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

16. Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals is dedicated to the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels.

Related Perception of Safety Targets


Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere