The “Perceptions of Safety in North Battleford: Household Survey Report” has now been released and is available on the City of North Battleford website https://www.cityofnb.ca/mrws/filedriver/NorthBattlefordBaselineSurveyReport_2019.pdf. The report addresses three key objectives:
Understand the perceptions and experiences of crime and safety in North Battleford
Develop a baseline report for future comparisons of crime prevention and safety programs and initiatives
Identify specific areas in the City that may be the focus of the above-mentioned programs and initiatives
In 2018 The City of North Battleford determined that they needed more information about the perceptions and experiences of crime and safety of its residents and asked Dr. Tarah Hodgkinson, an external researcher to conduct a series of surveys to evaluate their efforts over time. In partnership with Northwest College, a substantive 51 question survey was conducted in the Fall, 2018. The survey provided a good representation of the population of North Battleford with over 600 residents completing the survey. Dr. Hodgkinson presented her preliminary findings to City Council on June 24, 2019. The final report is now complete.
The survey provides a baseline intended to identify issues important to participants and also allow for future evaluations of any programs or policies implemented to address crime and safety in the City. Key findings include:
Overall, residents feel safe in their neighbourhoods but express some concerns about certain neighbourhoods in the City
There are concerns about alcohol and drug use and their relationship to crime more generally
More than half of the participants had been victimized with the majority being a victim of theft
There is general support for local police and justice system
Participants generally knew their neighbours but were less likely to participate in neighbourhood level activities
City officials are currently reviewing the final report and will be developing action items to follow up with local community members and stakeholders.
For more information:
Dr. Tarah Hodgkinson
Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Communications Administrator
306-445-1713 | firstname.lastname@example.org