Millions of Women Feel Vulnerable on Britain's Streets
Research out today by Diamond, the women's car insurance provider, reveals that at any given time, almost half of British women - 11.5 million women (48%) - feel unsafe in their surroundings, with one in 10 claiming they feel unsafe most or all of the time. 14% feel vulnerable three or more times a week, whilst the average person feels vulnerable at least two times a week.
The research, conducted by YouGov on behalf of Diamond, the women's car insurance provider, reveals that almost nine in 10 women (86%) believe crime levels in Britain are on the rise and more women than ever are feeling vulnerable on Britain's streets as a result (73%).
The shock findings show that it's the most day to day activities that leave British women feeling vulnerable. Just being on public transport leaves almost half (45%) of all women feeling unsafe or vulnerable, whilst over a staggering six in 10 (63%) cite car parks as the place where they feel unsafe. Even the office fails to offer peace of mind, with one in 10 women aged between 25-34 claiming they feel most unsafe outside their workplace.
The top five places where women feel particularly unsafe are:
|1.||In an alleyway||71%|
|2.||In a multi-storey/outdoor car park||63%|
|3.||In a subway||61%|
|4.||On public transport||45%|
|5.||Alone in my car||22%|
Diamond's Managing Director, Sian Lewis says: "Our research shows that despite today's CCTV culture, many women still feel unsafe on Britain's streets. Ensuring you take precautions and act sensibly is key in helping women feel and keep safe. As a girl's best friend, Diamond wants to ensure women across the UK feel safe wherever they are especially when in and around their cars. In particular the shocking amount of women who claimed they felt vulnerable in car parks has prompted us to find out more. That's why we're asking people across the UK to visit our Best Friends Club website - /bestFriend/letThereBeLight.php - and help us highlight their best and worst local car parks."
The research also found that half of all women who feel unsafe are worried of being attacked (46%), whilst a third (30%) fears being robbed or mugged. 2% say aggressive begging makes them feel vulnerable.
In response to these findings Diamond has compiled a list of actions women can take in order to feel safer: