Traveling to Singapore alone? Fret not because the Lion City happens to be the safest in the world, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Safe Cities Index.
The annual report, based on in-depth research and interviews with experts based in 60 countries, ranked Singapore as the safest in terms of personal security. Asia turned out to be the home of the safest destinations in the world—other than the Little Red Dot, places like Osaka, Tokyo, Taipei, and Hong Kong finished strong in the research.
Experts said that the ubiquity of CCTVs also proved to be a strong deterrent of crime, such as in Tokyo.
However one city that relies heavily on CCTVs landed in the bottom ten of the safety index. The Indonesian capital of Jakarta, where many residential and commercial buildings are equipped with cameras, landed at 51st place, with a score of 59.24. Yangon in Myanmar was at 57th place (52.43), Ho Chi Minh at 58th place (50.53), and Karachi is at 60th place (31.85).
Terrorism is a growing problem in the continent. Based on the average number and severity of terrorist attacks from 2007 to 2016, four Asian cities landed on the top spot, with Karachi at number one, Mumbai at third place, Bangkok fourth, and Dhaka at fifth place. (Istanbul in Turkey was the second most dangerous city.)
The survey also covered other categories such as digital security, or safety from online threats; health security, which can be exemplified by the easy access to healthcare services; and infrastructure security, or the adequacy of a city’s facilities. Across all categories, Tokyo emerged as the top city, with Singapore a close second.