Singapore tops international poll on sense of personal security, experience with police

Residents at an outdoor area at Fernvale Link.
Residents at an outdoor area at Fernvale Link.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Nine in 10 residents in Singapore and Hong Kong said that they feel safe walking home alone at night in their own neighbourhoods, according to a Global Law and Order 2015 report released on Thursday (Sept 24) by research firm Gallup.

Singapore, however, topped the international poll with an overall Law and Order Index of 89, ahead of Hong Kong, Indonesia and Switzerland.

The Law and Order Index gauges people's sense of personal security in their neighbourhoods and their personal experiences with crime and law enforcement.

Participants from 141 countries in 2014 were asked if they have confidence in the local police force, if they feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area they live, and in they have had money or property stolen from them within the last 12 months.

At second place is Uzbekistan at 88, with Hong Kong and Indonesia tied at 87. Switzerland rounded off the top five with a score of 86. Singapore was also at the top of the list last year, said the report.

Thailand and Malaysia scored 74 and 64 respectively. Liberia scored the lowest with 40.

Top 10 Law and Order Index Scores for 2014

Singapore 89
Uzbekistan 88
Hong Kong 87
Indonesia 87
Switzerland 86
Norway 85
Canada 85
Tajikistan 84
Georgia 84
Denmark 84