This indicator makes it possible to evaluate fears in the different groups of the population in terms of crime and physical violence. It provides information on the general feeling of security in Switzerland and in which integration must take place.
The proportion of the resident population aged 16 or over who felt secure in 2017 was 68%. The population with a migration background felt more often secure than the population without such a background, although the difference was small (69% compared with 67%).
Between 2015 and 2017, there was an increase in the share of the population, whether with or without a migration background, that felt secure. The increase was the highest among the population with a migration background (+6 percentage points).
The feeling of security is not the same by major region. Nonetheless, there is no significant difference between persons with and those without a migration background, except for in Northwest and Eastern Switzerland where the share of the population that felt secure was greater among the population with a migration background (respectively +6.8 and +7.5 percentage points).
This indicator reflects the feeling of security with those who felt secure responding to the following question with codes 0 to 2: "To what extent do you personally feel threatened by crime or physical violence? 0 means "not at all threatened" and 10 "completely threatened". The indicator measures the share of persons who do not feel threatened.
Between 2010 and 2012, the feeling of being unsafe was defined as: the feeling of being unsafe in the train, in the street near one’s home, and a fear that delinquents will cause them physical harm, fear of being harassed in the street.
Since 2015, the feeling of being unsafe is defined as: a feeling of being unsafe when travelling or at work and a fear of being a victim of an attack or physical aggression. The question remained the same but the instruction provided to the interviewers (not read out) has been broader since 2015. This may partly explain the decrease in the percentage of people feeling safe.
The question associated about the feeling of security was not asked in the SILC questionnaires from 2013 and 2014.
Following changes to the survey framework and improvements in the weighting model, results from 2014 on can no longer be directly compared with those from previous years (series break).