Press release

¾ of Winnipeggers feel safe walking alone at night

November 1-30 is National Community Safety and Crime Prevention Month - how is Winnipeg doing?

November 18, 2014

November 1-30 is National Community Safety and Crime Prevention Month - how is Winnipeg doing?

Peg tells us…

In 2014, 73% of Winnipeggers felt safe walking alone at night in their neighbourhood – down slightly from ten years ago (78% in 2004). Though Winnipeggers’ perceived safety has varied from year to year, the overall trend is stable.

The facts are:

  • This question is part of the City of Winnipeg’s Citizen Survey, and has been asked eight of the last 13 years.
  • 2012 saw the lowest result of any year, at 61%, while 2013 saw the highest, at 82%.

Why Does this Matter?

  • Perceived safety is an important indicator of people's comfort within their neighbourhoods. Research shows it can affect behavior, including 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).
  • 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).

* More detail and source data for the above facts available at, under the Perception of Safety tab

More facts on this subject available at:


Available for interviews:

On how to understand the data:

Charles Thrift

IISD, Project Manager

(204) 958-7752


A community-based program making a difference:

Heather Leeman

Executive Director, Block By Block Initiative

(204) 582-1657


A city-wide program making a difference:

George Jarvis

President, Block Parent Program of Winnipeg(204) 284-7562



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