No change in the differences in Helsinki’s experience of security between regions

One of the key questions in the Survey is how safe respondents feel when walking alone late in their residential area on a Friday or Saturday night. In most areas, the situation has remained very stable and only a few areas have seen a significant increase or decrease in security.

The majority, three out of four respondents, feel safe in their area late at night. In some areas, about one in three feel unsafe in their neighborhood on weekends, while in areas considered safer, only 3% of respondents said the same. In the eastern capital, the security situation was perceived to be worse than average.

Experiences of insecurity are concentrated in underperforming areas according to socio-economic indicators.

Seeing and is linked to insecurity. There is a clear link between the violence observed in our own neighborhood and the insecurity experienced on the weekends. Seeing violence increases the feeling of insecurity more than signs of drug . The correlation between seeing violence and seeing drug abuse is quite high, meaning that both are seen in the same areas.

City residents are concerned about the disappearance of green spaces, graffiti and , and social exclusion

The three main issues that Helsinki residents were most concerned about were the disappearance of green spaces, graffiti and vandalism, and social exclusion. About 40% of respondents were at least fairly concerned about these issues. Residents are least interested in housing special groups, serving alcohol to intoxicated people and drinking in public.

The oldest age group, over 65, are most concerned about the problems in their neighborhood. For example, only one in four respondents under the age of 25 was quite concerned about graffiti and vandalism.

However, concerns about signs of social disruption have increased over the past six years. There is also a strong link between perceived social disorder and perceived insecurity.

The Helsinki Security Survey defines residents’ sense of security

The Helsinki Security Survey examines residents’ sense of and security in the suburbs and city center every three years. The data and subsequent analyzes focus on the daily lives of residents in their own residential areas that are not expected to be significantly affected by what is happening elsewhere in the world. The safety case has been conducted in almost the same form for twenty years.

The latest data has been collected since the end of 2021, before the Russian invasion of , so the results do not show the potential impact of the war on respondents ’sense of security. The target group was 15-79-year-olds from Helsinki. The questionnaire was sent to 7,818 people, of whom 3,980 replied. The survey was conducted by the City of Helsinki and the Helsinki Department.

Published analyzes are part of a series of studies, and related research are published in the journal Quartti. The results of the study have previously been published in an article (Keskinen & Kainulainen-d’Ambrosio 2022) dealing with the general development of the security situation in the city.

Source: City of Helsinki

Source: The Nordic Page




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