Numbeo Online Survey Sees Safety Rate worsening in Phnom Penh, Thailand and Brunei

Kuala Lumpur Petaling Street/Central Market is perceived by many visitors as unsafe

Asia remains generally one of the safest continents in the world far behind North or South America. And in Asia, ASEAN can be considered as one of the safest regions of the continent, a few cities excepted.

Compared to 2014 Numbeo survey, negative perceptions over the safety increased in many cities, particularly Thailand. However, this is Phnom Penh which records the biggest increase in its crime index, up by almost 20%. It is followed by Pattaya with the perceived crime index up by 16.7 points and Bangkok up by 11.6 points. Another surprising worsening according to Numbeo is Brunei, which safety index is down by almost 9.5 points compared to 2014.

While Kuala Lumpur remains ASEAN most unsafe city, its index slightly improved over 2014 with its safety rating up by 3.7 points. Johor Bahru safety index by contrary continues to worsen by almost three points. Perception of Kuala Lumpur as an unsafe city is largely echoed in Malaysian newspapers and websites although the government strongly rejects the allegations.

Among the good performers are Manila with a safety rate up by 5.5 points and Hanoi which managed to increase its safety rate by 8.5 points. Meanwhile, Singapore remains ASEAN safest city with a rate of 83.5 points, among the top safest in the world. Only Munich, Seoul, Incheon, Kyoto and Eskisehir (Turkey) performed better…

Numbeo Method

Each entry in the survey is saved as the number in the range [-2, +2], with -2 having meaning of strongly negative and +2 meaning of strongly positive. Crime Index is an estimation of overall level of crime in a given city or a country. We consider crime levels lower than 20 as very low, crime levels between 20 and 40 as being low, crime levels between 40 and 60 as being moderate, crime levels between 60 and 80 as being high and finally crime levels higher than 80 as being very high.

The crime rate is calculated from the website visitors’ perception and should then be compared with rates calculated from homicide or violent acts- generally collected from UNESCAP/UNODC agencies. The data give however a good indication about the feeling over a destination.

Numbeo collects data based on surveys from visitors of the website. Cleaned from potential spam, index are calculated to provide an easy scale from 0 to 100 for better comprehension. The lower the rate, the lower the crime level. Safety rates show the inverted value: the higher the rate, the safer the city.

Rank in Asia City Crime Index 2016 Safety Index 2016 Safety Index 2014
2 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 70.24 29.76 26.05
6 Johor Bahru, Malaysia 64.72 35.28 38.02
8 Pattaya, Thailand 62.41 37.59 54.32
9 Manila, Philippines 60.45 39.55 33.99
11 Phuket, Thailand 59.75 40.25 n.a.
13 Phnom Penh, Cambodia 54.17 45.83 65.79
15 Jakarta, Indonesia 52.30 47.70 46.89
19 Bangkok, Thailand 49.59 50.41 62.05
23 Hanoi, Vietnam 47.42 52.58 44.06
26 Baguio, Philippines 45.77 54.32 n.a.
33 Makati, Philippines 40.75 59.25 64.56
40 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei 32.29 67.71 77.19
53 Valenzuela, Philippines 24.03 75.97 n.a.
63 Singapore, Singapore 16.49 83.51 80.22