Every two years, the UK magazine the “Economist” released its index of the world’s safest cities. Unfortunately, except for Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, most ASEAN cities are in the bottom of the list for the 2017 edition…
The Safe Cities Index 2017 is a report from The Economist Intelligence Unit sponsored by NEC. The report is based on the second iteration of the index, which ranks 60 cities across 49 indicators covering digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security.
The Economist highlights that if cities generate economic activity, the security challenges they face expand
and intensify as their populations rise. These include growing pressure on housing supply (prompting the spread of slums) and services such as healthcare, transport, and water and power infrastructure. Man-made risks are also growing such as terrorism acts in high profile, wealthy urban centres. As income divides widen, growing inequalities can also create tensions that contribute to violent outbursts. Finally, the safety of technologies used in daily life is becoming increasingly crucial. Cyber criminality use technology vulnerability if investments are not done in cyber security.
The Economist explains that consequences of neglecting cyber security could be dire. For example, if hackers were to
shut down the power supply, an entire city would be left in chaos. This prospect is something city officials now need to plan against.
According to the index covering 60 cities around the world, the safest cities are located in Europe and Northeast Asia. Of the cities in the top ten positions in the overall index, four are Asian (Tokyo, Singapore, Osaka and Hong Kong) and three European (Amsterdam, Stockholm and Zurich). Melbourne and Sydney are in the top 10 while only North American city is reaching the top level: Toronto in Canada.
By contrary, most ASEAN capitals are in the bottom line. Of the ten cities at the bottom of the overall index, four are in South-East Asia- namely Manila, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta and Yangon. And Bangkok is only marginally better, reaching rank 49 on a total of 60. Most worrying is the infrastructure security with only Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and partially Bangkok show excellent or satisfying results.
Safety Index Overall results ASEAN cities 2017
2- Singapore 89.64
31- Kuala Lumpur 73.11
49- Bangkok 60.05
55- Manila 54.86
56- HCM City 54.33
57- Jakarta 53.39
59- Yangon 46.47
30- Kuala Lumpur
56- HCM City
36- Kuala Lumpur
48- HCM City
35- Kuala Lumpur
46- HCM City
24- Kuala Lumpur
58- Ho Chi Minh City
Complete information is available under safecities.economist.com/safe-cities-index-2017