Why Is This Important?
Recorded crime is used internationally as an indicator of community safety. Low crime levels are key to individual and community wellbeing, and a feature of Jersey life that Islanders value highly.
Keeping crime rates low contributes to Jersey's quality of life by supporting progress across a range of other indicators. It is of critical importance to overall life satisfaction as well as perceptions of town and neighbourhood safety. Crime impacts on people's health and wellbeing and can influence their behaviours, employment and willingness to engage in community life. Ensuring that children are able to grow up in safe homes and communities is key to their development. A safe community also supports more affordable living, reducing costs for households, businesses and government. Low levels of crime also support jobs, growth and productivity by helping to attract and retain the businesses and skilled people that Jersey needs.