Safety in Jersey
Safety is an essential part of islanders' quality of life. Compared to many other parts of the world, Jersey is an incredibly safe place to live.
Low crime rates
Jersey has one of the lowest crime rates in the British Isles, with the majority of crimes being non-violent.
The island performs strongly on community safety across all the parishes. Most islanders report that they feel very safe in their neighbourhoods.
Information about crime statistics can be found on the States of Jersey Police website.
Jersey has all the core emergency services in the island:
- States of Jersey Police
- Jersey Ambulance Service
- Jersey Fire and Rescue Service
- Jersey Coastguard
The island's services offer quick emergency response times that are significantly shorter than the UK average, which provides reassurance to islanders.
Jersey has one accident and emergency (A&E) department, which is open 24 hours a day. The department is for patients with serious injuries or illnesses and is not an alternative to visiting a GP. It’s located at the hospital near the town centre. There is also an air ambulance service, which is used to take people off island for treatment if required.
Moving to Jersey: How to contact emergency services
The majority of the island’s road signs are similar to the UK and international standards. Jersey has a maximum speed limit of 40mph, resulting in considerably lower road accidents.
There’s a network of smaller country roads that are referred to as green lanes. These have a speed limit of 15mph, making them ideal for cyclists.
You can find more information on
road safety in Jersey.
Safety at sea
Jersey has some of the cleanest beaches in Europe. The island has the second highest tidal range in the world. Water rises with unpredictable swells and sections of the bays can be cut off quickly.
The four most popular beaches are monitored by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifeguards in the daytime, from May through to September.
The Jersey Coastguard provides a dedicated 24 hour search and rescue service within Jersey’s territorial waters. They follow UK Coastguard service standards.
Jersey's sea safety
Community and volunteering play an important part in making Jersey a safe place to live and work.
There's a Jersey tradition of using honesty boxes. The public can buy local vegetables fresh from the roadside near the fields within hours of the crops being dug out of the ground. They operate on relying on trust for local businesses and islanders.
The island has honorary policing, which is a voluntary service. Each parish has its own honorary unit, which has been part of Jersey life for hundreds of years. Honorary police have a range of responsibilities, from undertaking speed checks on the roads, to assisting as security at local events.
The elderly and infirm living at home in Jersey can be supplied with a community alarm system.
As a first response, key holders (appointed friends or family) are contacted to see if they can attend and help. Ambulances respond when activated for medical emergencies.
Applications for an alarm can be made through a GP or Family Nursing & Home Care.