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Identifying Issues of Safety

How safe is our community?  What information do we have about:

  • Crime rates
  • Domestic Violence
  • Child Abuse
  • Elder Abuse
  • Traffic (deaths and injuries)
  • Sanitation Challenges (sewer, septic tanks, garbage disposal)
  • Infrastructure Challenges (clean water, gas lines, electricity, roads)
  • Insect and Animal-Related Issues
  • Potentially Toxic Industry
  • Contaminated Areas
  • Gang Violence
  • Hazardous Waste (in the community or transported through the community)
  • Human trafficking and indentured servitude
  • Organized crime
  • Hate crimes
  • Hazardous Substances (transported through community)
  • Emergency Preparedness (earthquakes, weather-related disasters, explosions, volcanoes, flooding)
  • Medical Statistics related to deaths/injuries on the job, sub-standard living conditions, life expectancy rates, contagious and infectious diseases in our community

Resource:  Global Safety Index –

United Nations Sustainability Goals:

  • Achieve gender equality, social inclusion, and human rights for all.
  • Empower inclusive, productive, and resilient cities.
  • Transform governance and technologies for sustainable development.

“The World We Want 2015” Priorities:

  • Protection Against Crime and Violence

Programs and Services 

  • How adequate is our community’s disaster planning?  Does it include all community members (e.g., the elderly, the institutionalized, the disabled)?
  • How effective are our fire, police, and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) services in encouraging and promoting a safe environment in our community?
  • Does our community have safe houses for those in danger (domestic violence, persecution, abuse)?
  • What types of safety nets exist for at-risk populations such as disabled vets, the elderly, minority groups, immigrants, single parents, and others?

Compassion and Safety 

  • Are first responders trained and supported in maintaining high levels of compassion in times of extreme stress (natural disasters, riots, etc.)? 
  • Does our community have programs to increase compassion and cultural awareness in our first-responders, public servants, and political leaders? 
  • What training exists for peace officers (police) regarding compassion?


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