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Benefits of Being a Safe Community

A safe community is a real community

An accredited safe community benefits from more than just injury prevention, community safety management systems and crime prevention, they see:

  1. A reduction in the numbers and cost of injuries and violence
  2. A promotion of health and safety in their community
  3. A sense of community pride
  4. People and families to move to their community
  5. A demonstration that they can make difference at a local level
  6. A change perceptions
  7. An improvement in community well-being in the quality of life for themselves and their community
  8. Lives saved
  9. A decrease in duplication across government departments of all levels and the community
  10. A systematic approach and proven model to allow for gaps and emerging issues to be identified.

Perceptions of community safety, whether they are real or perceived, impact on the way people feel and interact in their community. Community safety is not just about injury prevention and crime prevention; it is about increasing well-being and building strong, cohesive, vibrant, participatory communities.

Community-based safety promotion has been nationally and internationally proven as an effective intervention to both promote safety, reduce the injury burden and increase well-being.. This is achieved by significant community development and coalition engagement and programmes such as falls prevention, road safety, safety at work, safer public places, water safety and outdoor/sports safety.

For individuals and families

Individuals and families enjoy an increased sense of well-being, a sustained quality of life, ongoing participation in work, leisure and educational activities, and preservation of income and assets.

For organisations

The benefits of safety at work and awareness of injury prevention include reduced disruption to operations, increased productivity, retention of valued staff and reduced levies.

For the wider community

The wider community has a lot to gain from having a safer, positive and more productive population, and from less demand being placed on the health care and justice systems due to injury.

What are the benefits of working together?

The core value of Safe Communities is collaboration as by working together, community safety will be enhanced. Benefits include:

  • Increased synergy.By developing collaborative relationships that can build critical mass and credibility.
  • Mapping and linking current initiatives can create a clearer and more comprehensive picture of local risks. By sharing best practice and developing an integrated problem-solving approach to planning, duplications will be reduced.
  • An increase in impact and reach. One message many voices, resulting in the continuity of messages and interventions, and their sustainability.
  • Improvements in perceptions of safety, the creation of vibrant yet safe environments and, ultimately, increased well-being with a reduction in the incidence of injuries/violence/crime/alcohol related harm.

Why do we want Safe Communities?

Injury is the leading cause of death in New Zealand for 5-44 year olds. More than half of the deaths for those aged 10 to 34 years are from Injury. It is also a significant cause of morbidity, being one of the two main causes of publicly funded hospital treatment for those aged 5 to 54. See Injury as a leading cause of Death and Hospitalization fact sheet here

Preventable and predictable accidents and injuries in New Zealand currently result in:

  • 1700 deaths
  • 50,000 hospitalisations
  • 250,000 emergency department visits
  • 1.7 million claims to ACC each year.

This all adds up. Not only is there a huge emotional strain on families and friends of the affected, it places undue stress on our health system and also costs the community $60 billion dollars in terms of caring for the injured and in economic loss for New Zealand.

Read our discussion document on the benefits and evidence for Safe Communities.

See accreditation process online and please contact us ( for a copy of our Safe Community accreditation guidelines.