The majority of people in Saskatchewan say they feel safe from crime.
According to the University of Saskatchewan's Taking The Pulse survey, almost 92 per cent of people say they feel safe in their neighbourhood. Regina Police chief Troy Hagen said that's good news.
"I think it's important for people to feel safe within their neighbourhoods, within their own communities and the city itself," Hagen said. "It obviously affects your quality of life so it's a very important issue."
People were asked about topics ranging from crime in their neighbourhoods to what they think of policing.
More than 80 per cent were happy with policing, but more than 80 per cent of respondents thought crime had either remained the same or increased.
About Taking the Pulse
Taking The Pulse reflects the views and opinions of 1,750 people in Saskatchewan. The University of Saskatchewan's Social Sciences Research Lab conducted the telephone interviews of randomly selected adults March 5-19.
According to Chief Hagen and Saskatoon police chief Clive Weighill, property and violent crime is down more than 30 per cent over the past decade in Regina and Saskatoon.
Saskatoon typically has a higher violent crime rate, while Regina has higher property crime rates.
Twice as many people in Saskatoon thought crime had increased compared to Regina respondents. Chief Weighill says that may be due to the amount of attention it received through their press releases and subsequent stories reporting crime.
"When you talk about it they start to be top of mind," Weighill said. "A lot of the American media we watch frames a kind of picture for us. In the city of Saskatoon, we're very active through our media section. We talk about crime, we talk about gang activity and we're not afraid to talk about that. We'd like to educate the citizens."
He said the occasional random act also changes our perceptions of crime. Chief Hagen added gender is a factor in people's perception of crime.
"Women, for whatever reason, typically feel a little less safe and maybe more vulnerable," Hagen said. "Those findings were almost parallel to what we've seen in previous surveys."
Most people said they want to see more social programs or higher punishments to prevent crime.