Chiang Mai Named the Safest City in Southeast Asia and 31st in the World – Crime and Safety Index 2023

By | Tue 14 Feb 2023

According to a recent report by Numbeo, the largest crowd-sourced global database tracking crime and safety statistics, the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai has been ranked as the safest city in Southeast Asia and 31st safest in the world. Chiang Mai achieved a safety index of 75.5 and a crime index of 24.5. The safety index measures the perception of safety for walking alone during the day and night, while the crime index reflects the level of crime in a city.

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, took the top spot as the safest city globally with a crime index of 11.2 and a safety index of 88.8. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Caracas, Venezuela was ranked as the least safe city with a crime index of 83.6 and a safety index of 16.4.

Bangkok was ranked 7th in Southeast Asia with a safety index of 59.5 and a crime index of 40.5. Although it was not as high as Chiang Mai, this ranking still reflects the Thai government’s efforts to reduce crime and improve the lives of its citizens, as well as boost confidence among foreign visitors. The prime minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has expressed gratitude to the government agencies responsible for maintaining safety and security across the country.

Some of the notable safe cities include Taiwan (ranked 1st in Asia and 3rd globally), Quebec City (the safest in North America and 6th globally), and San Sebastian, Spain (the safest city in Europe and 8th globally). In North America, the Los Angeles suburb of Irvine was ranked 26th. Meanwhile, South Africa holds the distinction of having two of the three worst-ranked cities, with Durban at third to last and Pretoria at second to last. In the UK, Preston was ranked fourth from last, just ahead of Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, a region known for instances of cannibalism. Baltimore was ranked as the worst city in the US at 405th, followed by Memphis at 403rd and Detroit at 402nd.

Numbeo is a crowd-sourced database that provides information on various aspects of quality of life in different cities, including crime rates, cost of living, healthcare, transportation, and more. It is widely used globally for evaluating the quality of life in cities.

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