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According to survey results, people’s perceptions of safety in the Waikato region were a bit higher in 2018 compared to 2006.

This indicator is the percentage of people in the Waikato region who feel fairly or very safe walking alone in their neighbourhood after dark, using results from the Quality of Life survey.

Why is this indicator important?

People’s perceptions of safety impact on their health and wellbeing as well as that of their family and the wider community. If people feel unsafe, they are less likely to talk to their neighbours, use public transport, cycle or walk, go out in the evening, use public amenities and/or generally participate in their communities.

Perception of safety 2019

Year Percentage who feel very/fairly safe walking alone in neighbourhood after dark
2006 60
2016 65
2018 64

 

What is this indicator telling us?

  • Compared to 2006, Waikato regional survey respondents in 2018 were more likely to report feeling safe walking alone in their neighbourhood after dark (64% in 2018 compared to 60% in 2006).
  • Across the Waikato region in 2018:
    • In terms of statistically significant results, Hamilton city respondents were less likely to report feeling safe walking alone in their neighbourhood after dark (55%), whereas Thames-Coromandel and Waipa district respondents were more likely to report feeling safe (81% and 80% respectively).
    • Male respondents were substantially more likely than female respondents to report feeling safe walking alone in their neighbourhood after dark (74% compared to 54%).
  • In general, New Zealanders feel less safe than the OECD average. In New Zealand, 65% of people say that they feel safe walking alone at night, less than the OECD average of 69%.

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DATA SOURCE AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION

This indicator is the percentage of adults who feel safe walking alone in their neighbourhood after dark. Results are from the Quality of Life Survey.

Update details: Waikato regional results are available for 2006, 2016 and 2018.

Customised data request requirements: Quality of Life data.

DATA AVAILABILITY – OTHER THAN WAIKATO REGION:

Territorial Authority (TA) disaggregation: Yes

Other regions: Yes 

New Zealand: No (but a seven cities average is available)

Other countries/ Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): OECD Better Life Index