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Do ever walk the streets in fear? Clutching your bag tightly, flinching every time a car drives a little too close to you?

Well, sorry to make you feel worse, but it seems that the streets are not as safe as they used to be.

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Safe Cities Index (SCI) 2019 was just released and it turns out that Kuala Lumpur dropped FOUR spots.

In 2017, KL ranked at no 31, with a score of 73.11.

However, in 2019 KL dropped to the 35th spot with a lower score of 66.3.

The index ranks 60 cities across the globe based on 57 factors grouped into four main indicators:

  1. Digital security
  2. Health security
  3. Infrastructure security
  4. Personal security

KL scored below average in all the indicators except for personal security.

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Compared to the 2017 index, the 2019 rankings included 10 new indicators such as existence and speed of emergency services, the existence of a disaster plan and the ability to defend infrastructure against cyber-attacks.

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If you’re wondering how our neighbours did, Singapore held on to its title as second safest city in the world.

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Bangkok is at no 47 while Jakarta placed 53rd.

The safest city in the world crown goes to Tokyo while Lagos wound up at the last spot.


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(Safe Cities Index 2019)
(Safe Cities Index 2017)
(Singapore is world's second safest city, after Tokyo, in EIU's Safe Cities Index)

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