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Survey says: Kelowna's sense of security drops at night

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April 11, 2019 - 4:11 PM

KELOWNA - A random survey of Kelowna residents found they feel pretty safe during the day, but that feeling of comfort goes down at night.

A report going to Kelowna city council on Monday, April 15, says that 98 to 99 per cent of those asked, responded they feel very safe or somewhat safe in their homes and neighbourhoods during the day. But when broken down just to those who feel very safe, a different picture emerges.

Only 72 per cent feel safe in their neighbourhood during the day. That drops to 43 per cent at night. While at home, 78 per cent feel very safe during the day but only 64 per cent at night. On the other extreme, in most cases only one to five per cent felt very unsafe. The exception was 14 per cent who felt very unsafe in their neighbourhoods at night.

A low crime rate was the reason most cited for feeling safe.

For those feeling unsafe, the main reason was a category titled “individuals living without homes and people who use drugs in the area.” The category “high crime rate/area” came a close second.

Responses were broken down into four geographic areas with those in Central Kelowna being more concerned about homeless people and drug use.

The most important crime related problem was seen as breaking and entering and property crimes, followed by drug use.

In the last year, 28 per cent of respondents said they had been a victim of a crime, with 89 per cent of those being property crimes.

The City of Kelowna surveyed 300 adults by phone between Feb. 27 and March 6. The margin of error for the survey is +/- 5.7 per cent at the 95 per cent level of confidence.

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