State of the Environment Report title
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2004 Report


Indicator description

Community safety is as much a function of the degree to which community members feel safe, as the actual amount of crime. Crime rates indicate one source of pressure on our quality of life, as they can adversely affect the state of our social, economic and aesthetic environment. High crime rates have resulted in avoidance of public spaces by individuals who perceive themselves to be at risk.

Socio-economic factors, such as income, health and employment status, are important determinants of crime. Features of urban design, such as provision of adequate lighting in public spaces, housing density and the location of residential and commercial uses impact on where crimes are likely to be committed.

Major programs and other responses aimed at improving community safety should be reported here as relevant to changes in this indicator.