China ranks third for personal safety
BY wangxingwei from 21st Century
Published 2020-11-18
Nationals feel confident when traveling at night, according to Gallup’s Law and Order report. TUCHONG

Do you feel safe walking alone at night in the area where you live? Residents in 144 countries and regions answered this question and more in the 2020 Global Law and Order report.

On Oct 27, the US-based organization Gallup released the report. The poll was conducted throughout 2019, and involved nearly 175,000 people aged 15 and older who were interviewed face-to-face or by telephone.

Respondents were asked about their confidence in their local police, their feelings of personal safety, and the incidence of theft and assault or mugging in the past year.

The organization collects the “positive” responses to the questions into a Law and Order Index score for each country and region. The higher the score, the higher the percentage of the population that reports feeling safe.

The average index score for the world in 2019 was 82 out of 100 – the same as in 2018. Ninety countries and regions posted scores lower than this average.

China received a score of 94 and ranks third on the list, following Singapore and Turkmenistan, which both received 97. The report also showed that 90 percent of the respondents from China said they feel secure when walking alone at night.

Chinese observers said public order and a safe environment in China is very normal, and many people feel walking alone at night is no big deal.

In recent decades, more and more Chinese people have traveled abroad, and noticed that public security in China was better than that in many other countries, according to China Daily.

Wang Yidi, 17, a Chinese student studying in Pennsylvania, US, used to go out for midnight snacks with her friends when staying in China. “But in the US, not so many people dare to walk alone at night,” she said.

In fact, China has taken great efforts to ensure people’s sense of happiness and security. According to China Daily, it launched a three-year campaign against organized crime in 2018. By August 2020, more than 10,000 criminal gangs had been busted nationwide. Serious violent crimes have been on the decline for 10 years.

According to the Ministry of Public Security, the number of crimes involving guns and explosions in China dropped 50 percent in 2019 compared with the previous year.

(Translator & Editor: Wang Xingwei AND Luo Sitian)
Residents  居民
Respondents  受访者
Incidence  事件
Assault  攻击
Mugging  抢劫
Index  指数
Turkmenistan  土库曼斯坦
Observers  观察者
Midnight snacks  夜宵
Launched  启动
Campaign  运动
Crime  犯罪
Criminal gangs  犯罪团伙
Busted  逮捕
Explosions  爆炸物