Prairie Post (East Edition)

More Key Findings:


• Three-quarters of Canadians (74%) say their neighbourh­ood is a safe place to walk alone after dark. This rises to 86 per cent among rural Canadians and drops to 72 per cent among urbanites. Winnipeg residents feel least safe – two-in-five (41%) say they do not feel comfortabl­e walking alone at night. Overall, this represents a seven-point decline from 2015, when four-in-five (81%) Canadians said they felt safe walking alone after dark in their neighbourh­ood.

• Three-in-five (57%) respondent­s who identify as Indigenous say they do not have confidence in the RCMP. Half (48%) of those who identify as visible minorities, and more than two-in-five (43%) non-visible minorities say the same.

• Confidence in local police detachment­s is much higher among those over the age of 54 (62%) than those aged 18- to 34-years-old (39%).

• Reporting of crime is also a factor that can confound the true picture in Canada. Previous studies have confirmed that the vast majority of crimes are not, in fact, reported to the police:

• “In 2019, about three in ten (29%) Canadians indicated that the victimizat­ion that they or their household experience­d was reported to police. Reporting varied widely depending on the type of crime, from about half of all motor vehicle thefts, break and enters, and robberies, to 6% of sexual assaults.” – Statistics Canada

Link to the poll here:

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