For the fifth consecutive year, Singapore citizens feel safer and more protected by the police in their country than most residents in other parts of the world.
According to a global study by Gallup, some 94 per cent of adults living in Singapore feel safe going out at night as compared to an average of 68 per cent elsewhere in the world.
For this reason, Singapore landed at the top of the list of the Law and Order Index, besting Norway, Iceland, and Finland, respectively, and the fifth spot shared by Hong Kong and Uzbekistan.
Singapore Citizens Feel ‘Safest’ in the World According to Survey
The result, however, did not come as a surprise as other similar studies such as The 2017-2018 World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index and the 2017 Global Smart City Performance Index, have also ranked Singapore (#1) as the safest and most orderly nation in the world.
The 2018 Global Law and Order Report, which had been released last June 7, had gathered interview data from around 150,000 residents from 142 countries and regions since last year.
Some key pieces of information requested from the respondents include their confidence and reliance in their local police, and whether they had personally been affected by crimes as of late.
According to Ms. Nicole Naurath, Gallup’s world poll regional director for Asia, the result had been consistent with Singapore’s drive and commitment to ensuring safety and security in all aspects of society as one of the important determinants of national prosperity.
Additionally, Mr Toby Koh, the group managing director of Ademco Security Group, pointed out that Singapore’s emphasis and premium on security is one of the major reasons why many global firms choose to build their regional headquarters here, and that ensuring safety and security is reflective of excellent management.
Other than the business side of things, global employees also consider the possibility of bringing in their families to live in the country where they work, and this is where safety and security is highly sought after, even for personal reasons.
On the other side of the spectrum, the list had ranked Venezuela and Afghanistan as the least safe and secure countries for 2018.