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Most of us… feel safe

Almost nine in 10 Canadians feel safe (woohoo for us!), according to a 2017 Statistics Canada report (the data is from 2014).

The report found that 88 per cent of Canadians are satisfied or very satisfied with their personal safety.

Folks in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland & Labrador feel the safest between provinces, and if you live in Guelph, Kingston, or Sherbrooke, you’re luckier than the slightly-less-safe-feeling residents of other towns. Differences in how safe we *feel* from place to place does reflect differences in how safe we actually *are* based on police reported crime rates.

However, we also tend to believe that our own neighbourhoods are safer than others. Roughly 74 per cent of us believe the crime rate in our local community is lower than elsewhere in the county. Clearly, that can’t actually be *true* for 74 per cent of us!

A 2017 Department of Justice report found that we also overestimate the rate of violent crime in the country. Half of us believe that crime is on the rise, while only 20 per cent of us are aware that the crime rate is falling.

So, love thy neighbour, but assume the next town over is full of bandits and soccer hooligans.

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