Most Aboriginal people satisfied with their personal safety

In 2009, a larger share of Aboriginal people than non-Aboriginal people reported social disorder in their neighbourhood: drug use/sales (37% versus 27%), people drunk/rowdy (37% versus 25%), garbage lying around (39% versus 29%), or vandalism (41% versus 32%). Despite the social concerns as well as higher victimization rates, most Aboriginal people are satisfied with their personal safety from crime (89%).

Aboriginal people were more likely than non-Aboriginal people to protect themselves from crime, for example, by changing their routine, activities, or avoiding certain places or people (43% versus 36%) or getting a dog (16% versus 9%).

Overall, Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people report similar perceptions about crime. For example, 37% felt safe or very safe walking alone after dark, compared with 38% of non-Aboriginal people.

Chart 1.3 Feelings of safety among Aboriginal people, 2009
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