For the fifth consecutive year, Singapore has topped the Law and Order Index, based on a study by research company Gallup. This means that at least until this year, Singaporeans think and feel that they are safer compared to residents of any other country in the world.
Up to 94% of adults in the Lion City are confident about security when walking alone especially at night. That is much higher compared with the global average of just 64%. Singapore’s index score was the highest this year at 97. The study covered 142 countries across six continents.
Other countries in the Top 5 of the list were Iceland, Finland, and Norway—all garnered an index score of 93—followed by Hong Kong and Uzbekistan.
Affirmation for PH
The Philippines maintained a score of 82, same as last year. In 2016, the country’s index score was 76. As expected, Malacañang welcomed this report, saying it is an affirmation that Filipinos feel safer under the current administration, despite the controversies hounding the present war on drugs. The Philippines is almost of the same index score as Australia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Romania, Iran, Poland, Croatia Bangladesh, Israel, and Mauritius.
On the other hand, Venezuela kept its position at the bottom of the list with an index score of just 44, along with Afghanistan. About 25% of Venezuelans said they had experienced assault in the last 12 months—42% of which had property or money stolen from them.
Gallup’s survey for the 2018 Law and Order Index had over 148,000 adult-respondents who were asked to answer the following 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?