Being and feeling safe are fundamental to Islanders' quality of life. Ensuring people feel safe and protected impacts on their overall sense of wellbeing as a community, as well as affecting other areas, such as health resources and economic productivity.
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.
Most people use Jersey's roads every day, as drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians. They should be able to do so safely. Collisions in which people are killed or injured can have a devastating impact on individuals and families, as well as high social and economic costs, including damage to property, loss of productivity and insurance costs. They can also place significant demands on health care and emergency services. Perceptions of road safety also influence people's transport choices.
Effective fire prevention and response services help prevent injury, death and loss, contribute to community wellbeing and help cut future costs for government, businesses and households.
Work-related injuries and ill-health impose significant burdens on individuals, families, employers, the economy and society.
Every year, Jersey’s Health and Safety Inspectorate investigates many serious, and on occasion fatal, work-related accidents and instances of ill health resulting in multiple fractures, amputations, serious head injuries and musculoskeletal disorders, as well as exposures to asbestos fibres. Such incidents not only cause suffering to individuals and their families. They can also result in lost income, insurance costs, productivity losses and administrative and legal costs to both individuals and employers. They also create demand and costs for Jersey's health care and social security systems.
Understanding key trends associated with occupational injury and ill-health is important in terms of prevention and targeting interventions.