Neighbourhoods which are perceived to be safe foster community participation, encourage physical activity, and promote community connectedness (VicHealth, 2015).

In the 2015 VicHealth Indicators Survey, the majority (98.2%) of Boroondara residents reported that they felt safe to walk alone during the day, with two-thirds (69.2%) of the population also agreeing that they were comfortable to walk alone in their local area after dark.  

Reports of feeling safe walking alone 

Area

Walking alone in local area (day)

Walking alone in local area (night)

Victoria

92.5%

55.1%

Eastern Metropolitan Region

93.6%

56.5%

Boroondara

98.2%

69.2%

Table 1: Percentage of respondents who report feeling safe or very safe walking alone in their local area, 2015 

Reports of feeling safe by gender and time of day

This is a chart presenting the percentage of male and female respondents who reported feeling safe or very safe walking alone in the local area during the day and at night in the City of Boroondara in 2015.

Figure 1: Residents who reported feeling safe or very safe walking alone in the local area, by gender and time of day, City of Boroondara, 2015 (source: VicHealth Indicators Survey 2015)

Figure 1 shows the percentage of respondents, by gender, who reported feeling safe or very safe walking alone in their local area during the day and at night in City of Boroondara in 2015.

The chart shows that most male and female residents feel safe or very safe walking alone in City of Boroondara during the day. However, the percentage of female respondents drops to just over half who felt safe walking alone in City of Boroondara at night.

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