How safe people feel is important because it often affects their quality of life. People who think they are likely to be victims of crime tend to rate themselves as having lower overall well-being. 75% of respondents to the 2016 Ask Cardiff survey felt that Cardiff was a safe city and 85% of those who responded to the European Urban Audit agreed. Engagement on the draft of this report also highlighted safety as one of Cardiff’s assets as a city.

There are distinct differences across Cardiff’s communities. Residents in Cardiff East and disabled people are amongst those least likely to believe Cardiff is a safe city (65.0% and 58.9% respectively agree that it is). Perceptions of safety also vary significantly across the six neighbourhood areas, ranging from 77.8% of people in Cardiff West to just 65% in Cardiff East.

Different activities prompt different perceptions of being safe in the city. Respondents were most likely to feel unsafe when cycling (60.2%), walking in the city centre (44%) or when travelling by bus (30.4%) after dark. These results were borne out by engagement activity on this report, with improving road safety, especially for cyclists, safety in the city centre at night and reducing anti-social behaviour being recurring themes for improving well-being in Cardiff.

Different communities and people also experience the city very differently: less than half of disabled people (44.9%) and women (49.0%) feel safe when walking in the city centre after dark compared to two thirds (64.9%) of men. Only a fifth (21.7%) of men feel ‘unsafe’ when travelling by bus after dark, compared to over two fifths (43%) of disabled people.