World's safest countries: how does SA compare?

21 June 2018 - 00:00 By AFP Relaxnews
Venezuela, Afghanistan, Gabon and South Africa are the countries where people are least likely to feel safe walking their local streets at night, according to Gallup's 2018 Global Law and Order report.
Venezuela, Afghanistan, Gabon and South Africa are the countries where people are least likely to feel safe walking their local streets at night, according to Gallup's 2018 Global Law and Order report.
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Singapore, Norway and Iceland have emerged the globe's safest destinations in a new law and order report from Gallup, which gauges how secure the world's citizens feel living in their respective countries.

To compile the 2018 report, Gallup asked 148,000 adults in 142 countries four yes or no questions: 

  1. Do you have confidence in your local police;
  2. Do you feel safe walking alone at night?
  3. Have you had money or your belongings stolen in the last year?
  4. Have you been mugged or assaulted in the last year?

The results were used to score each country out of 100.

FAST FACT

Only 31% of South Africans feel safe walking alone at night, according to Gallup's 2018 Global Law and Order Report.

According to the report, the world's 10 safest places can be found across Asia and Western Europe. 

Singapore was crowned the globe's safest country with score of 97. Norway, Finland and Iceland tied for second place with a score of 93. Uzbekistan and Hong Kong came joint third with a score of 91.

At the other end of the index, Venezuela received a score of 44, placing the South American country at the bottom of the heap for the second consecutive year, after war-torn Afghanistan (45) and South Sudan (54).

South Africa was also fell towards the bottom of the list with a score of 58.

HOW SAFE DOES THE WORLD REALLY FEEL?

Globally, the survey reveals that the majority of the world feels safe, with more than two in every three people worldwide expressing confidence in their local law enforcement and the same ratio of respondents saying they feel safe walking alone at night. 

One in eight reported having had experienced theft in their household, while 5% said they had been assaulted or mugged in the last 12 months.

Additional reporting by staff reporter.


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