Proportion of population who feel safe walking alone after dark

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Source: Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Geographical Area: England and Wales

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

Footnote: 1. From 2012/13 onwards the question of feeling safe when walking alone after dark was only asked of a quarter of the sample. Questionnaire changes in 2012/13 may mean that estimates prior to this date are not comparable with subsequent years due to potential order effects. 2. The question of feeling safe walking alone after dark was not asked in the 2016/17 questionnaire. 3. Data for some ethnic groups are unavailable due to small sample sizes. 4. The period April to March is being used to report annual data. 

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available

Proportion of population who feel safe walking alone after dark

Indicator description

Proportion of population who feel very or fairly safe walking alone after dark

Geographical coverage

England and Wales

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)

Definitions

Disability Status - The (GSS) harmonised "core" definition identifies a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental health condition or illness that has lasted or is expected to last 12 months or more. It must reduce their ability to carry-out day-to-day activities. It is important to note that a person who has a long-term illness that does not reduce their ability to carry-out day-to-day activities is not disabled under the definition. The GSS harmonised questions are asked of the respondent in the survey, meaning that disability status is self-reported. The GSS definition is designed to reflect the definitions that appear in legal terms in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) for Northern Ireland and the 2010 Equality Act for Great Britain.

The income definition used is based on the National Statistics harmonised classification. As the income bandings are slightly different, data are not comparable to previous years therefore figures for previous years have been removed from the platform.

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The year format refers to the two years covered by the data, from April of the first year to March of the following year. For example, 2019/20 covers the period of April 2019 to March 2020.

For further information on the quality of the estimates please refer to the source data which provides the unweighted base sizes of the samples.

The Washington Group on Disability Statistics are often used to provide a cross-nationally comparable population-based measures of disability. Please see the article Measuring disability - comparing approaches for a comparison between the GSS Harmonised measure (used here) and the Washington Group measure.

Data by disability status are available from 2006/07, however this is based on detailed breakdowns and does not align to the core definition under the 2010 Equality Act. This data are available in the 2017/18 dataset and 2006/07 to 2016/17 dataset.

This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 24 June 2022
Metadata last updated 22 November 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Proportion of population that feel safe walking alone around the area they live

Target name

Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

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Source 1

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Annual

Earliest available data

1994

Geographical coverage

England and Wales

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Release date 17 July 2020
Next release

TBC

Statistical classification

National statistic

Contact details

crimestatistics@ons.gov.uk

Other information

Data acquired from the Crime Survey for England and Wales. This data is based on tables S37 to S39.

Source 2

Organisation

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

Periodicity

Adhoc

Earliest available data

2017/18

Geographical coverage

England and Wales

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Release date 17 April 2019
Next release

TBC

Statistical classification

National statistic

Contact details

crimestatistics@ons.gov.uk

Other information

Disaggregated data for 2017/18 only. Subsequent years available from Source 1.