More people than ever feel safe in the capital

More residents than ever before feel safe in their communities after dark, according to the Edinburgh people's Survey.

 A total of 91% of those who responded to the City of Edinburgh Council's annual survey in 2013 now feel either fairly or very safe after the hours of daylight, an increase of 16% just five years earlier.

Residents also stated that they were satisfied with the way in which the Council handles anti-social behaviour, vandalism and graffiti.

Community Safety leader Cllr Cammy Day said: "I am delighted that people consider Edinburgh to be a place where they feel safe going out at night, and the numbers who agree with this have consistently improved over recent years.

"Lots of work goes into improving the safety of people who live, work and visit the capital, through both short and long term targeted initiatives and mulit-agency work between Council staff and organisations such as the police. This Council is committed to maintaining and improving quality of life and protecting the public."

The Edinburgh People Survey (EPS) is the Council's annual citizen survey, measuring satisfaction with the Council and its services, identifying areas for improvement and gathering information about residents which is not available through other sources or at neighbourhood level.

The survey is undertaken through face-to-face interviews with around 5,000 residents each year, conducted in the street and door-to-door.

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