A survey by global consulting and research company Gallup has found Singapore the world’s safest country to live in. According to the 2018 Global Law and Order report 94 per cent of Singaporeans surveyed said they felt safe living in the city-state.
Comprising the results of more than 148,000 interviews with adults in 142 countries and areas in 2017, the 2018 Global Law and Order report found that while just 42 per cent of people living in Latin America and the Caribbean had confidence in their local police force, in Asia the figure was 80 per cent; just behind more developed economies such as the USA and Canada where the confidence level was 82 per cent.
Keeping it simple the poll asked just four questions:
- In the city or area where you live, do you have confidence in the local police force?
- Do you feel safe walking alone at night in the city or area where you live?
- Within the last 12 months, have you had money or property stolen from you or another household member?
- Within the past 12 months, have you been assaulted or mugged?
On the important question of how safe people feel walking their city’s streets at night 94 per cent of Singaporeans said they felt safe, narrowly edging out Norway and Hong Kong where 93 per cent and 88 per cent of residents said they felt safe.
With an overall law and order index score of 97, Singaporeans said overall they felt more secure safe than their counterparts in Norway, Iceland, and Finland which all scored 93, ahead of Hong Kong and Switzerland where the overall score was 91.
Asean’s next safest country to live is Indonesia with a respectable score of 89, followed by Myanmar at 85, Lao PDR at 83, the Philippines at 82, and Cambodia and Thailand at 80. Malaysia and Vietnam are not included in the list.
At the bottom of the list of the safest country to live are South Sudan, Afghanistan, and Venezuala, with scores of 54, 45, and 44 respectively.
According to the Singapore Police Force (SPF) in 2017 overall crime in the country dropped about 1 per cent year-on-year (YoY), from 33,099 cases in 2016 to 32,773 in 2017.
While robbery, housebreaking, snatch theft, motor vehicle, and related thefts all saw a sharp drop, crimes related to outraging modesty and internet love scams increased by 22.2 per cent and 29.9 per cent respectively.
While the number of e-Commerce scams reported last year fell by 8.4 per cent, from 2,140 in 2016 to 1,961 in 2017, some S$1.4 million (about US$1.036 mln) was still cheated from people, with the largest amount recorded close to S$60,700 ($45,000).
Things also got better on Singapore roads last year with the SPF reporting the number of fatal accidents and fatalities falling to an all time low.
From 141 deaths on Singapore roads in 2016, last year saw 122 people killed, a 13.5 per cent reduction, while the number of fatal vehicle crashes fell by almost 18 per cent to 118, versus 140 in the year prior.
According to Gallop the global average of how safe people feel when walking alone at night stands at 68 per cent, while an average of 69 per cent of respondents globally said they have confidence in their local police.
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