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Our vision:

A safe community is one where people know their neighbours, respect themselves and each other, where everyone is valued and included in decisions and activities in the community. There is an absence of alcohol and drug abuse, violence and fear.

Strategies for Safer Communities in PEI

Members of the Advisory Group

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What We Learned...

What we learned from the research

What makes working together among communities and governments successful?

Research says that working together gets the best results when everyone is included and the community plays a strong role. This kind of cooperation is needed to get at the root causes of complex social issues. A challenge is that success is shown only over the long term and is difficult to prove. Processes that are based in the community are the most likely to respond to local needs, and also tend to get the commitment that is needed to work across sectors, cultures, professions and socioeconomic differences. Success happens when people put a lot of effort into making sure the key factors are there to allow everyone to work together for well-being.

What crime/victimization and socio-economic conditions should we track and how?

One step for the Province is to:

  • Improve the reports it gives to people on crime in PEI, and
  • Measure how well each action and program works at the community level to reduce crime. 

The researach report recommends that:

  • A "comprehensive" crime report be produced for the province each year and a decision made on who will manage a data measurement system
  • The Province play a role in setting up a "standardized" set of indicators and a measurement system for all projects and programs related to crime and public safety.
  • The focus should be to measure how well each action, as it is made, is working to improve safety for communities.

What can selected communities tell us about their strengths and needs?
How can we support communities to have what they need to plan?

The four communities in this study are Lennox Island, Tyne Valley, Montague and Hillsborough Park. The communities have all taken steps to build on their strengths and to bring people together to work on social change including programs for community safety. All of them face continuing challenges in working to make their communities safer places. People know a lot about the community's strengths and what it will take to work together to increase their own safety and well-being. In short, change requires a few people to become leaders, get the others going and to find ways to reach their goal.

What we learned from focus groups

What makes a community safe?

Most focus group participants named a short list of factors that answered the question:

  • Looking out for each other and a sense of belonging
  • Being able to leave your house or car unlocked
  • Being connected to your history and heritage
  • The presence of police and other services as a deterrent to crime
  • Community inclusion, diversity in language, religion and culture
  • Lack of family violence and resources to support families
  • Absence of drug and alcohol abuse, and
  • Prosperity and having resources.

In discussing the root causes of crime, most groups mentioned the same issues, in the same order of importance. These included: drugs and alcohol, poverty and lack of good paying jobs, youth and parental responsibility, stranger and family violence, lack of inclusion, literacy and education/consolidated schools, and architecture and environmental concerns such as lighting.