Strathcona is a safe neighbourhood, personal safety on average is 3-4 times greater in Strathcona than in the Downtown business district (according to Vancouver Police Statistics). Vancouver and surrounding municipalities are generally quite safe. Unfortunately Strathcona, like most areas of the lower mainland (including the downtown business district) has its share of social issues. One noticeable difference is that Strathcona offers a multitude of resources for people in need to receive help. Strathcona is home to clinics, shelters, missions and support groups where people in need can receive shelter, food, medical care, and assistance in dealing with difficult issues.