Social conditions can help to ensure that people in a community feel safe and secure. Communities with the lowest levels of violence have a few factors in common. Each of the following factors has an impact on how members of a community feel about their safety.
Communities feel safer when they are surrounded by green spaces, vibrant public spaces, local attractions, and businesses that foster connections. People who have a greater sense of freedom to operate in a community will feel safer and more secure in their surroundings. People should feel safe if they want to go out for a walk at night.
It is essential for communities to have access to quality healthcare and education. In this way, people have the surety that they can receive fast and reliable medical assistance when they need it most. People who are educated about health and safety will also be more equipped to deal with dangerous situations or incidents.
People who form healthy relationships with their neighbours can feel a greater sense of belonging. When people in a neighbourhood trust one another, they will feel safer when they need to leave their homes for vacation. It is also possible to form a group on social media to stay connected with each other.
When there is low unemployment and low poverty rates in a community, people tend to feel more secure and comfortable. Economic stability is dependent on many political and socio-economic factors. However, research indicates that people feel safer and happier when there is a small gap between the rich and poor.
Communities tend to feel safer when people have what they need. The Alberta Police investigate how safety issues relate to how communities work, play and rest.