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2017 Global Law and Order Report

Get the latest findings from Gallup's Law and Order Index, a worldwide measure that reveals how safe -- or insecure -- people feel in their neighborhood and how confident they are in their local police.

For the first time, the Law and Order Index includes Gallup's question about whether people have been assaulted or mugged in the past 12 months.

The result? These experiences are part of life for more than one in four people in some countries.

While terrorist attacks and crime sprees are what make global headlines, this report dives into people's personal sense of safety in their community and the relationship between these feelings and a nation's economic and social development.

Worldwide, Singapore scores highest on the Law and Order Index at

97.

Just

12%

of Venezuelans feel safe walking alone at night and only

14%

express confidence in their local police -- both all-time worldwide lows.

In sub-Saharan Africa,

14%

of residents say they have been assaulted or mugged in the past year -- more than double the global average.

Gallup sees a strong relationship between people's answers to the Law and Order Index and the economic and social development of a country.

The 2017 Global Law and Order report, based on research from Gallup's World Poll, offers leaders a glimpse of how close or far countries are from achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of "promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies."

About Gallup World Poll

This report reveals the answers to the following questions from residents in 135 countries worldwide:

  • 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?

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