Singapore tops global survey on safety

Singaporeans feel safer than residents of any other place in the world, putting the country on top of the Law and Order Index.
Singaporeans feel safer than residents of any other place in the world, putting the country on top of the Law and Order Index. PHOTO: ST FILE

Some 94 per cent of adult Singaporeans feel safe walking alone at night, compared with the global average of 68 per cent, according to a global study by research firm Gallup.

The results showed that Singaporeans feel safer than residents of any other place in the world, putting the Republic on top of the Law and Order Index, ahead of Norway, Iceland and Finland. Hong Kong and Uzbekistan are joint fifth.

Venezuela and Afghanistan were rated the least secure places. Nearly one in four Venezuelans said they had been assaulted in the preceding 12 months, and 42 per cent had property or money stolen.

Nearly 150,000 residents in 142 places were interviewed for the 2018 Global Law and Order Report, released yesterday. The residents were also asked about their confidence in the local police and if they had fallen prey to recent crimes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2018, with the headline 'S'pore tops global survey on safety'. Print Edition | Subscribe