The subject of women's safety in the urban environment is now recognized to be an issue that requires the attention of the planning profession, and of the municipalities. Awareness of the problem has been the result of grassroots demands for action. Cities around the world have responded in various ways, some more than others. A major contribution to the planning of safe cities was made by a group of women in Toronto. Canada. Their pioneering work has been described in a book by Wekerle and Whitzman'. The strategies and methods that they developed have since spread to other cities, and have been adopted to local contexts. This paper reports on a comparative study of public policy and official or unofficial strategies and practices designed to improve women's safety in Canada and in Israel. The purpose of the study was to analyze techniques and strategies used at the urban and the community level in Canadian cites, in order to test their applicability to the Israeli context.