Casablanca at the bottom of the world’s safest cities ranking

Henrietta Brewer
September 2, 2019

The annual report gathers information and ranks the world's top cities in regards to each of their digital security, health security, infrastructure and personal safety standards, CNN reported.

Cities don't have to be rich to be safe, the report says, although it acknowledges that cities in developing countries tend to appear lower down the list.

Areas where Singapore fared the best were infrastructure security and personal security, both of which saw Tokyo coming in at fourth place. The 2019 edition is the third, following the 2015 and 2017 editions.

Casablanca at the bottom of the world’s safest cities ranking

In general, APAC cities perform well across the categories of health security, infrastructure security and personal security.

Part of that has to do with the number of CCTV cameras installed across the island.

"Although APAC cities such as Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka continue to rank within the top-three cities in the Index, the region also hosts some of the lowest scoring cities in the world, with Yangon, Karachi and Dhaka close to the bottom of the list", Naka Kondo, Editor of the SCI 2019 report, said.

According to a report by Malay Mail, the top three safest city in the list were Tokyo, Singapore and Osaka.

And while Asia Pacific cities dominated six spots out of the top 10, EIU said that geographic region did not have any statistical link with results.

Hong Kong ranks at 20th place, dropping out of the top 10 since the last SCI in 2017 while Kuala Lumpur ranks 35th behind Beijing and Shanghai which are in 31 and 32 place respectively. Only two North American cities make the top 10, Toronto (sixth) and Washington, D.C.

They said, "Singapore's high rank on digital security is due to its performance on input parameters (such as cybersecurity laws) and its performance on outputs (risk of malware infection)". The city has been rocked by sometimes violent anti-government protests in the past few months, leading to a decline in visitor numbers. A spokesman for EIU told The Straits Times: "If there are sustained attacks on infrastructure, an ongoing increase in political instability, civil unrest or if relations between the police force and the community can not be repaired, then it is likely that Hong Kong's score would fall".

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