How safe do you feel in your country? Canada ranks in top 10

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In the 2018 Global Law and Order survey, Gallup asked 148,000 in 142 countries across the globe to evaluate how safe they feel in their respective nation. Canada was ranked in the top 10, while our U.S. neighbours came in at 35th. 

Gallup’s Law and Order Index is determined by four 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?

Canada’s Law and Order Index score sits at 90, tied with Switzerland, while Singapore’s score leads worldwide with 97. Venezuela is in last place with 44. The U.S. received has an 84 on the Law and Order Index, the same score as the Czech Republic, Sweden, France and Taiwan.

In addition to Singapore and Switzerland, countries with a higher index score than Canada are Norway, Iceland and Finland, all with a score of 93.  In addition to Uzbekistan and Hong Kong.

According to the interviews conducted in 2017, 84 per cent of Canadian respondents feel safe walking alone at night. Still coming out on top is Singapore with 94 per cent and Venezuela was at the bottom of the list with only 17 per cent of respondents in agreement. In the U.S., 72 per cent said they feel safe.

Across the globe, Gallup found that the majority or respondents –68 per cent — feel safe walking alone at night where they live.

Despite high-profile turmoil with law enforcement in the U.S.,  North American results reveal 82 per cent of adults feel they can trust the local police, significantly above the worldwide average of 69 per cent.

This survey was conducted in person and over the phone by approximately 1,000 people in each country included. It has a margin of sampling error between plus or minus 2.1 percentage points and 5.6 percentage points.

So do you feel safe in Canada? Vote in the poll above and leave your comments below.