Scottish Household Survey
Responding to the 2011 Scottish Household Survey, Community Safety Minister Roseanna Cunningham said:
"The findings from the 2011 Scottish Household Survey paint a positive picture of our communities, with nine out of ten people saying that their neighbourhood is a ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ good place to live. I also welcome statistics showing that the percentage of residents who think their neighbourhood is a very good place to live has increased from 51.7 percent in 2007 to 55.9 percent in 2011.
"We already know that fear of crime is down and people are continuing to feel safer in their communities. Today’s figures add to the evidence we have already - the Scottish Household Survey shows that over three quarters of adults (78 percent) say they feel very or fairly safe while walking alone in the neighbourhood after dark, whilst almost all (97 percent) say they feel safe when they are alone in their home at night.
"Meanwhile recorded crime in Scotland is at its lowest level for 37 years and the risk of being a victim of crime is falling, backed by record numbers of police officers in towns and cities across Scotland.
"Making Scotland safer is a key priority for this Government and we will continue to promote prevention and early intervention schemes to tackle issues, such as antisocial behaviour, which blight communities. Strengthening local social networks and building community spirit can help drive down crime and increase neighbourhood satisfaction. That’s why through "Link Up", a £2.25 million CashBack for Communities project, we are investing in 10 of Scotland’s most deprived neighbourhoods to help people work together to create safer, stronger communities to live."