Personal safety, health security, infrastructure and other facilities, and cyber security constitute the yardsticks for ranking Top 5 safest places-cities- in the world. The Personal safety: This is total safety to life free from attacks due to crimes including the new-found terrorism and the number of police interventions necessitated for correction. Health security: This is measured in terms of the number of hospital beds vis-a-vis the population, and the longevity of the citizens. Infrastructure: Roads, communications, transport, power, water, accidents and natural disasters are the metrics considered. Cyber security: Identity thefts, matters of digital security and the level of cyber security decide this safety aspect. Guided by the above, The Economist’s Intelligence Unit undertook a study and has listed the following cities as the top 5 safest places in the world.
Tokyo is the densest (13.3 million people) and safest city by the above standards, while it leads in digital security occupying a slot among the top five for personal safety and infrastructure facilities, despite its proneness to earthquakes. With a per capita Gross Domestic Product of $30,000-$50,000, it’s the number one upper-middle income city. The movie “Lost in Translation” also depicted its wonderful night life.
Conventional crimes such as burglary and theft are at their lowest ebb in the city, while its overall personal safety also is of the highest level. Having the second-lowest murder rate in the world barring Palau and Monaco, Singapore is one City-State which administers stringent penalties even for minor crimes and low-level offences, which act deterrents against people committing any type of law-breach.
As violent crimes rate is low, the police find time to concentrate and control cybercrime. The city’s per capita income far exceeds $50,000 placing it among the highest income cities of the world. The country’s President has begun plans for furtherance of its digital security and for making it a “Smart City” with proper funding.
The city, The Netherland’s capital, is ranked 5th best overall as a safe city. With a population of 820,000, the city is reckoned among the top 10 in terms of personal safety. The people’s life expectancy is 79. Its awesome infrastructure -safety which is fourth among cities- makes the city as one of the safest in the world on par with high and upper middle-income cities. The city boasts of its low pollution from its traffic density and low incidence of accidents. The cycling culture which is widely deep-rooted and a way of life with its citizens, is helping to attain this reduced level in both.
Needless to say, Melbourne, the Australian city’s overall safety is good which speaks volumes for the enhanced life expectancy of its people which stands at 86 years, fairly a high figure, not reached by many cities. With a population of 4 million, it possesses the second-safest infrastructure of the 50 cities considered while ranking eighth in personal safety aspect. It’s the number one city in terms of liveability, when cost of living and safety also are considered. It bears testimony to the fact that life in safe and urban conditions can enhance your life in tangible and intangible ways when compared to pollution-torn city dwellers.
Montreal ranks as the second-best city overall to live in possessing the 6th best infrastructure and 11th best digital security. Having a population of just above 4 million, it’s the second biggest city in Canada as well as the second-biggest French-speaking city (next only to Paris) in the world. The Government embarks on plans to renovate its roads and bridges dilapidated due to aging, during the forthcoming 3 years, according to a Montreal Gazette notification.